i realized late last night that the UO-8 i rode and loved but had been unable to measure is sitting in the basement of my parents' house, where i'm staying nowadays. so i pulled it out and took a tape to it to quantify some of my impressions of it.
turns out it's very close to what i've been getting at. as i've been reading on the bikelist.org archives, it appears to be a low-trail design.
it seems my various influences (see sidebar description) are at odds with one another in a way i'm just starting to really grasp.
but i think i've gotta go with the Peugeot. it really felt great all the time. i hopped on it for a second last night and it just felt right immediately. it's too bad the drivetrain was in such bad shape, so it seems right to build an homage to it.