A great bike for a great tour !It is with great pleasure that I show you all my at-long-last (it's taken me almost 5 years!) finished vintage touring bike - a 1975 Peugeot PX60.
[IMG] Peugeot PX60 - as of December 28th 2013 by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]
With my first ever touring holiday starting tomorrow - 300kms over 5 days along the coast on the Inner Sea of Japan from Yamamguchi, via Hiroshima to Okayama - I got the Peugeot out 2 weeks ago in order to ride it every day and give it a thorough going over. The main changes are wider mudguards, a wider range front derailleur, wider and more parallel handlebars and a shorter stem. Also, a few months ago, as a result of reading about such conversions here on C&V, I moved the DT Retrofriction levers to an old pair of Shimano pods on the ends of the bars making for very easy gear-changing. The result of all these changes is a beautifully smooth and comfortable ride.
As well as fitting the Bluemels Lightweight guards I've tapped out the mudguard eyelets on the Simplex dropouts at the rear to 6mm to match the front end eyelets in the Tange forks, as well as tapping the fastening holes in the Blackburn rack - this is in response to losing a Blumels butterfly nut on a 7 hour ride back in the summer. I reckon with the 2 threaded holes and a good spring-washer the bolts are less likely to back out. The bolts are 4mm Allen bolts.
As I'm flying to Yamaguchi from Tokyo with my bike I bought a very nice flight bag, made by Ostrich - their OS-500 model. It retails here for around $150 and is very well made. However, it's only 'just' big enough for this 59cm frame, with the saddle and seat post removed, so probably wouldn't suit anyone with anything bigger. A problem, of course, is what to do with the bag when I get there. The bag already folds into a 44cm X 80cm 'slab' and I have found that it will fold once more over the rear rack. Another alternative would be to send it on to Okayama from Yamaguchi and pick it up when I arrive 5 days later.
Anyway, this is the bag:
[IMG] 917aZTmZaAL._AA1500_ by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]
And this, ladies and gentlemen, and around 300kms of such scenery, is the reason I've been dreaming of doing this ride for the last 10 years or so:
[IMG] photo_setonaikai by Dawes-man, on Flickr[/IMG]