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The plan is to build up a reasonably weight classic looking bike, with a mix of modern and vintage components and 27mm-ish tyres -- if I can get them to fit -- for the gravel. The frame will most likely get a paint job, the stem will stay in all likelihood, I'm really digging its looks.
What I'm totally undecided about is whether to go with down tube shifters or STIs, opinions welcome.
There are a bunch of really good refurb projects on WW using older steel framesets with more modern parts.
You can achieve a cool look (and lighter weight) with some modern drivetrain upgrades that make the bike so much more fun to ride.
That frame is really a nice find.
If you can get a hold of a NOS chromed aero post from back in the day, that would be stellar on this frame with the chrome fork and silver stem.
Since the drop outs allow you to pull that rear wheel back, you will probably be able to get some 27's in there!
Keep posting the progress here.
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As for your dilemma, it is really to you. STIs will make it easier to handle the bike on gravel, but after all, we all did just fine on down tube shifters.
Ergo (no pun intended) I vote for down tube shifters.
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Unlikely that this frame would be eligible for the Eroica as it is a 1990's frame. Cut-off is 1987, IIRC.liam7020 wrote:Very nice! If you're actually thinking of riding the Eroica sportive in Italy you'll need to go for down tube levers cos apparently the organizers are fairly strict with regards to the bike tech.
gumgardner wrote:Wow. This is going to be nice. I like the down shifters. How old is the frame?
Thanks. Probably going with STIs though. Frame is from the late 80s according to this thread on RBR, because it has the old-style bottom bracket.
I'm slowly warming up to the idea of not painting it, will certainly build it up before. Kinda like the idea of having it look like a beat up wreck to the untrained eye.
Here's a preliminary list of what I'd like to put on:
Bars: Deda 215 Shallow 26 Silver, white tape, possibly double wrapped
STIs: Shimano DA 7800 with golden hoods (are there no skin coloured ones?)
Saddle: probably Brooks B15 or Swift
Crank: Tune Fast Foot silver
Pedals, derailleurs: Shimano DA 7800
Chainrings -- undecided
Wheels: probably H+Son TB14 based, PMP or Hope hubs, but probably just BHS ones
Calipers: got older silver Ultegras around.
White Nokon cable housing
White bottle cages
If you're going for DA 7800, I would get the DA cranks too.
H+Son? Don't they belog to some lame fixie bikes? Reflex rims and Ultegra Hubs would match the groupset and doesn't cost much. Tubulars of course. Veloflex Roubaix is an excellent choice and costs ~55€ each. If you're afraid of tubulars, then Open Pro's in silver.
Nokons on steel bike with chipped paint. Meh. And DON'T you paint it!
It's going to be good if you don't mess it with stupid parts.
BTW, here's a pic of a Master Piu I used to own: http://bit.ly/oAxIvK
I really would not choose for Tune/H+son/DA/other-than-black-colored hoods on an old Colnago for l'eroica kind of cycling.
last advice: Michelin sells very cheap (around 10€) clinchers in 28mm with tan sidewalls.
Will run this more budget conscious than planned, as I'm also coveting a TT bike from the scrap I have lying around.
And oh, paint job is called off.
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