Late morning/early afternoon ride on Ms. Patina today. The Peugeot PL8 was finished last winter and this was the first real shakedown ride - 22 miles or so. I did ride it earlier this spring and had a thumping in the rear sew up tire. That's when I had the scary realization I had forgotten to glue the tires before taking it out. That was done this morning and all was good.
The frame, while tall at the seat post for me, is a good fit because the top tube is a little shorter so I'm not as stretched out as my Trek 510 or Spectrum. The 40 yr old Simplex derailleur works surprisingly well and I would rank it toward the top of my stable as far as producing a nice quiet ride. I know it'll crack at some point but I'm really going to enjoy it until then. Noticed a few rattles that meant some tightening needed to happen. Not real keen on the Altenberger brakes but they were what was on it so I'll use them for now. Besides I don't ride it all that fast so extreme braking force won't be necessary.
Overall a very fun ride.
My 8 yr old has some growing to do: