This was my first ever project and here it is, still in progress. I still need: bartape, hoods (if I can find them), new pedals, new brake pads (old ones a bit hard I think), recover saddle/new saddle.
So here is the Miele as I found it:
And here is is now - I cleaned everything thoroughly, took of the cranks, opened up and cleaned the bottom bracket, new rubber etc. The grime was so caked on that it required the use of a screwdriver. The seatpost had to be dry iced out (lost the old one in the process). Mechanically it's going well now. I had to keep the old chain because everything's a bit worn and I was told a new one might not fit. Despite some pretty good soaks in degreaser, there is still some grime up inside the chain, hence the new grime on the cassette (which was sparkly-clean before I re-installed the chain!).
I sent my husband out for a spin on it and his impression wasn't exactly glowing which is frustrating me. He says it rides unbelieveably well and loves the fast pickup etc, BUT he thinks it's too small for him and says he feels like he is going to pitch over the bars. He used to have some Raleigh Grand Prix which he loved and nothing is the same, size wise. It was a bigger frame (this one is 58cm; he is 6'2" with long legs). I thought that he maybe wasn't used to a more responsive bike. He says he wants a longer stem (it's at max and doesn't look that short to me). He also isn't used to riding in the hoods. He's always ridden in the drops. Could it be him? Is the placement of the brakes strange? He says they feel like they are in a weird spot, esp in the drops.
I'm thinking white bartape and white saddle - not at all practical, but niiiice.
Thanks for all your help so far.
...and here's a pic of my oldest on her bike: