As you probably already know if you read these forums, I have a 1975 Peugeot UO-18. It has the original cottered cranks. For some reason I'm not sure I understand, I want to change them to cotterless cranks. Anywho, the only way to do that apparently is to buy a Phil Wood french thread bottom bracket for a whopping $150. But I really, really, really want to do it. Understand that this is not a pristine bike. It is chipped with rust showing through, I have my bottle cages attached with pipe clamps because there are no braze-ons, it has rear baskets and a trunk bag, etc., etc., etc. But I seriously love my bike, crappy though it may be.
What do you think I should do? Keep the original cranks or spring for the big bucks and change them? I kind of hoping that someone will sound the voice of reason here. But, I'm also kind of hoping that everybody says, "go on and do it". Please help me!!
I'm also thinking of powder coating it----but that's a whole other issue!!