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I was looking at my bicycle collection and decided that it was missing a road or race bike.
So, I started shopping around for a suitable machine. The first one that took my fancy was a Specialized Allez for $1000.

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But when I test rode it, it was too small for my 6’4” frame.
Next, I saw an upmarket Felt, so I drove 2 hours south to Tweed Heads in northern NSW to test ride.
It had been traded-in at a bike shop and I thought it fitted my bill - although the $1,500 asking price was 50% over budget, it appealed because it was a $7+k bike when new and was a 60cm frame.

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And I didn’t like riding it at all. Not the machine's fault - a finely tuned brute - but it was too brutal for my recreation and exercise application.

When I got home and there was a message from a seller I'd contacted, who was offering a 'Tall man's Bicycle' for sale.

I drove another half an hour and checked a Vintage Peugeot.
Immediately I saw it - I said 'deal' and paid $110 for it on the spot. Didn't even ride it because it had flat tyres. The whole scene was like something from ‘Steptoe and Son’.
I got it home, inflated and rode it around the block - and I love it. It's light, smooth - and steel. And I've got a ton of budget! :cool:

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It's now going to be my entry and I plan to fully restore it (it's quite rough up close - but all there).
My Ph.D in Google tells me it's a slightly modified 1982 Pugeot PBN 10 S from the French Brochure - and in the English Brochure it's called 'Mirage' - thus the hybrid name.

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Some closer shots:

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It's been well travelled. France to the US to Australia. Would have some tales to tell.

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And now the restoration fun begins with my two helpers, ‘Silas’ and ‘Rock’.

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Parts are polishing up well while I wait for parts ordered so far.
I'll need a bigger parts bin. And the wheels are going to take a lot of work.

First thing to go on is a Brooks B17 that I had in stock.

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A Dremel and 'Solvol Autosol' is my preferred method.

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On the way - so far. New decals and bits.
The spray.bike product will be interesting.

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Happy Daze!
 

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You have to admit, the old metal frame classic bikes are certainly much better then the new age carbon stuff coming out now...
 

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I think it depends on application - competition and such isn't me - I'm here for the exercise and fun.
Yes, that is true. Some of the new bikes are out of this world...
 
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STEEL IS REAL! Always my preferrd material for comfort.

I’ve used Spray.Bike before and it’s good stuff. Remember to read and follow the directions, esp. about spraying distance. Too far away and it dries before contact leaving a chalky rough finish.
 
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Steel is great when you want to weld something to it, but I do love a bit of aluminium when I have to ride far... :)
 
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STEEL IS REAL! Always my preferrd material for comfort.

I’ve used Spray.Bike before and it’s good stuff. Remember to read and follow the directions, esp. about spraying distance. Too far away and it dries before contact leaving a chalky rough finish.

Thanks - Will do.
I'm keen to give it a try - I'm a terrible painter - and there's no 'undo' key :)
 

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Thanks - Will do.
I'm keen to give it a try - I'm a terrible painter - and there's no 'undo' key :)
In all painting projects, whether it is a wall in the kitchen (like yesterday's job) or a bike frame, my motto is "it's easier to add than to take away".

You have a beautiful bike to start with. Already like the Brooksie on there! Keep the photos and progress posts coming~!

And, welcome to the fun of an RRB Build Off!
 
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Parts have started arriving.
Tyres, cables and bar tape showed up yesterday.

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I also lashed out on some new tools - My callipers were Craftsman junk so I went for some expensive Kinchrome Digitals to deal with these zany French standards - You were right about that MattiThundrr!!

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Lovely instrument

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But - case in point - the seat post is:
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And it's badly beat up and dented - But fortunately I found a new one on Bay - Youch $ - but even better that it has a slight lay back. Found some new leather toe straps too.

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While I was tool shopping and buying abrasives for the wheel resto, I couldn't help myself with this gadget too - it turns a Dremel into a drill press - or a polishing stand/wheel. Loving it.

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So I gots busy with the other brake components. Nice results.

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The pedals will be a bigger challenge. Rust remover first - then I think they will need a sand.
I did buy some BMX bear traps that look similar for general riding - but I want to do the full resto on these too. My size 14s don't fit the cages so well.

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And of course the play rumble over who got to chew up the old bar tape that one of them nicked from the bin was a hoot.

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Wow! Great work on the cleaning and polishing! The whitewalls will give it sort of a period 'hot rod' look for it's era. You are having fun with this already. Dig the leather toe straps. I had white ones on an old Motobecane (the real ones from the '70s) once upon a time.

I bought a tool stand like yours this past winter to use as a drill press for my guitar build. It worked great.

RaT oN~!
 

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