Anyone still have a steel bike?

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Gazelleer
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by Gazelleer

These are my classic road bikes. The Batavus Competition and Gazelle AB were bikes I owned in the late 1970's, early 1980's. I ran into similar bikes some time ago and couldn't resist...

The Batavus was my first 'real' racing bike (i.e. without fenders). I owned an ivory one like this first and later an orange one with Shimano 600 'Arabesque' components.

The Peugeot PY10 was in the 1978 and 1979 Peugeot brochure and this had been a long time favorite of mine. My parents promised me the bike for my 16th birthday if I wouldn't start riding a moped. When I became 16, the choice was between the PY10 and the Campagnolo Nuovo Record equipped Gazelle. I went for the Gazelle, mainly because of its compatibility with modern components. Never regretted that decision but it is nice to own an original PY10 after all these years anyways...

The team Skala Gazelle was one of my favorite frames of that era but back then I bought a C-Record Merckx Corsa Extra, nearly identical to this one in the brochure.

After the Merckx came another Gazelle, an AA-Special, Brussels blue with Shimano Dura Ace 7400/7410, including the first STI's.

The Démax was my main bike up to 2005 when I switched from steel to carbon. The best steel frame I've ridden, very stiff bottom bracket and good torsional rigidity. I recently rebuilt it with some Record 10-speed parts and it is now my wet weather bike, still a great ride!

Batavus Competition - 1977
Ishiwata 022 tubing. 1th generation Shimano 600, fully original down to the Vredestein Sprint Vederlicht tyres.

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Peugeot PY10EC - 1978
Reynolds 531. Full 'Spidel' group: Simplex Super LJ derailleurs including the 175 gram Delrin/alloy rear derailleur, Mafac Competition centrepull brakes, Stronglight 105 bis crankset and Maillard 700 hubs and pedals. The groupset was completed with a french Laprade brand seatpost, Ideale 2002 saddle and Philippe Professionnel handlebars and stem.

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Gazelle Champion Mondial AB - 1983
Gazelle team colours. Reynolds 531. Mix of Campagnolo Nuovo Record & Super Record as common in the 1980's. First version of the Selle Italia Turbo saddle.

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Gazelle Champion Mondial AA-Special - 1984
Reynolds 531. Skala team version; different decals and fork than a 'normal' AA-special. First generation (stamped logo) Campagnolo ‘180’ Record Corsa. Selle Italia Turbo SLG alloy rail saddle.

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Gazelle Démax - 1999
Reynolds 531 Trapezium (tapered). Campagnolo Record 10-speed. Custom rear brake cable guides and Gazelle/Time Club carbon fork.

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My plastic bike is here
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by skimons

jvs wrote:My plastic bike is here


hehe, plastic it is! nice stable, especially the AA-special! cool 8)

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Dude I love the wheels on 1983 and 1985 !!

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by Gazelleer

Thanks!
The 1983 has Campagnolo Record hubs, Mavic MA40 rims and Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX's. I am trying to get some nice Mavic G40 wheels for it.
The 1985 has Campagnolo C-Record hubs, GP4 rims and some NOS Vittoria Nuovo Pro 260 tubes I've had hanging around for 20 years. :-)

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by The BingMan

Gazelle Champion Mondial AA-Special - 1985
Reynolds 531. Skala team version; different decals and fork than a 'normal' AA-special. First generation (engraved logo) Campagnolo ‘180’ Record Corsa.

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This one would I like to have. It is very nice. Just love it... :)
The BingMan "I don't drive fast, I fly low"

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jvs wrote:Batavus Competition - 1977
Ishiwata 022 tubing. 1th generation Shimano 600, fully original down to the Vredestein Sprint Vederlicht tyres.

do I see an Ofmega Competizione crankset on this bike? or is it another yet incarnation of this Campagnolo clone?

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by Gazelleer

It is not an Ofmega but an SR (Sakae Ringyo) Apex. I added some detail images to the original post. Please click to see a larger version.

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QuattroAssini wrote:Well, I better add my own to this batch of great looking ferrous rides.

There is a thread on it here.

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum ... hlight=p21

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Ritchey P-21 frame - custom repaint with stock sticker set
Cook E-Cranks with Real Chainrings
Ritchey Ti bottom bracket
Sram-Gripshift 9.0 (the original/first high end mtb set they sold)
XTR brake levers
Avid 2.0 V-brakes
Ritchey stem over a Ritchey fuzzy logic headset
Vetta seat atop an American Classic post
Manitou FS fork (Converted to 1" threadless)
Bontrager tubeless Racelite wheelset
XTR cassette
Bontrager Jones tires

I'm too heavy for this frame, but it feels like an old pair of jeans when I 'pull it on'. [/img]


I dig your P21. Those are such cool frames. I looked for one for a long time, but since I have the S-works I don't really need one. If I found one for the right price however...

Nice work,
Will
I can't ride that, I'll break it...

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http://www.fairwheelbikes.com/forum/vie ... f=2&t=6215

I had to add this to this thread. Both the road bike and the tt bike are to die for!
RESIDENT GRUMPY OLD MAN.

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Holy cow. That white road frame is sweet. Those tiny seat stays make me a bit wary, but I just might have to call this guy when I'm ready for my next project.

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by andyamo

I have a custom steel Dolan (UK) made from a mix of Deda tubes. TT=620mm, ST=600/73.5deg, HT=220/73. I couldnt come close to this geo from a stock frame, and couldnt afford custom carbon. Its heavy and flexy though.

My next frame will be custom carbon, and I`ll go for a slightly shorter TT and HT, and a lower BB (to improve stability on rough 55mph descents).

I dont understand why more people dont go for custom frames - there must be one or two tweaks in their current geo, or a geo combi they cant find stock, so why not go for custom?

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by andyamo

andyamo wrote:I have a custom steel Dolan (UK) made from a mix of Deda tubes. TT=620mm, ST=600/73.5deg, HT=220/73. I couldnt come close to this geo from a stock frame, and couldnt afford custom carbon. Its heavy and flexy though.

My next frame will be custom carbon, and I`ll go for a slightly shorter TT and HT, and a lower BB (to improve stability on rough 55mph descents).

I dont understand why more people dont go for custom frames - there must be one or two tweaks in their current geo, or a geo combi they cant find stock, so why not go for custom?


Having seen other Deda steel frames posted, mine looks like its all deda16.5, which makes it a bargain at £450 (3yrs old). I`d recommended Dolan steel frames for UK riders, although Terry told me he gets his customs done in belgium and italy. The welding and alignment are spot on

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.:Jimbo:. wrote:My Weight Weenie Crusher!

NOS TSX Ciocc built up with C-Record

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as a Ciocc was my first love...this is quite possibly the sexiest thing I've ever seen...
I miss my IndyFab Crown Jewel...

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by JesseD

I've just bought a 1980's Graham Weigh frame and forks, it's made out of Reynolds 653 throughout with I believe Campagnolo dropouts. I paid the grand sum of £50 for it.

Apparently it needs a new headset and by the look of it a respray. I'm going to build up as a fixed wheel commuter with mudguards etc for now.

I'll post pics when I get it.

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by riunation

I think even with the modern components, she still looks great! And the ride is the best
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