is the Bleriot I recently built up. It's a very nice riding bike,
and for the price it is very nicely made and finished frame. Components
on it that are a bit out of the ordinary:
The cranks are NOS Sugino PX with TA 40-28 chainrings. I don't believe
in large chainrings on a bike that's just meant for ambling.
The hubs are NOS Deore DX 7-speed, and the cassette is a 9-speed
11-32 with the 11t cog discarded so that eight 9-speed cogs fit
in the space originally meant for a 7-speed cassette (nine-speed
cogs have closer spacing so the overall width is the same). With
the OCR Velocity Synergy rear rim this gives an almost completely
dishless rear wheel.
The hammered Honjo mudguards look very nice, but as others have
commented, they're very fiddly to fit. I also cut some washers from
an old heavy-duty inner tube to provide a bit of insulation from
vibration at the mounting points.
the only thing I don't like about the frame is having the rear brake
cable at about 10 o'clock on the top tube. It means that in my customary
position when stopped at intersections or traffic lights, my leg
is pressing the bare cable against the top tube. I can see that
the paint is not going to last very long without protection.