Gents and Gentesses,
My stephdad bought a Pegeout Ventoux in the mid-eighties to cycle the infamous 540km "Strenght Test" from Trondheim - Oslo, which I might add, he didn't complete back then so we're having a go maybe next year.
Anyways - he kept the bike; a 1986 (?) Peugeot Ventoux which I find exceptionally nice!
NOTHING has been done on the bike since 1986.. Same rubber.. same tubes.. etc
I tried to ride the bike and every second felt like I was about to crash and die a painful death.
So I figured I might try to recondition it, make it safe and usable but still keep the esscene of the bike.
There are a few issues I've identified, but I think some of you older lads will know more about this than me:
-Replace the tubes and rubber to something thick and versatile (Durano DD's?)
-Replace all wiring (gears & brakes)
-Replace Break Pads
-Maybe replace saddle so something a bit more sleek? (Suggestions?)
-Replace the bar tape (Still white of course) the current one is as hard as rock.
-The hoods are REALLY worn.. But where can I find replacements for them?
-I live in a really hilly area, and its possible to go anywhere without meeting a 7-15% hill of 300-400 meters.. Change casette to something a bit more easy?
And thats where it stops for me. I looked at the Retroshifters thing on the site a couple of days ago, but I thought that might take away the esscence of such a bike (that it scares the hell out of you).
Pictures below - what do you guys think?
(crap posted before I was done.. Updating pictures)