She’s a Peugeot Vanoise P100E - bought in a hurry online when I realised I was staying home January 2014. I beasted her around town all for a year and then when Edith came along she hung in the garage.
I joined a regular Rapha ambassador’s coffee ride and wondered if I should get a roady… I mulled over Cannondale, I dreamt of Seven, I considered Ritte. But I am a poor of humble means and little wherewithal. So all of those price points were particularly past me.
Well, 2x10 Shimano 105 availed itself to me on Trade (maybe this bike should be called Trademe…) and wheels were set in motion.
Powder coated by an industrial spray painters, chromed in the spirit of a bike 30 years her elder. Then off to the (not very)LBS for a build. She got Soma Highway One bars with a Soma Sutro quill stem. A Soma Wakizashi seat post had to be turned down to fit and an old Felt cyclocross seat got a layer of black leather from a friendly saddlery. The Shimano 105 installed with the FSA Gossamer cranks and compact chainset. FSA BB and headset put everything together and she’s rolling on Shimano R500 wheel set. And those Grand Bois Cerf 26mm tyres I’ve had in the shed for 2 years? Well, gumwall ‘till I die yo.
Final cost? Well… I think $1,200 - go find a steel, 105, gorrggeeooouusss roady for that.
Oh, and the biggest headache for me? Cages. Oh how I agonised over cages. King Cage? Elite Moreo? Salsa Nickless? In the end, classic Phillips. Big love to Bluehippo for the Golden Ratio bottles.
Sure, she swims like a fish in the back end on the weekly coffee ride high bridge sprint champs… But, I’m not the Cav’ nor Sagan, so, I don’t mind: she’s pretty.