Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:37 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3
Author Message
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:18 am 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:13 pm
Posts: 208
Location: London
Wow, I didn't know there was a carbon fiber version!
OK, I'm not going to get that, but they 531 version with chrome fork and chain-stay is really nice!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:26 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:13 pm
Posts: 208
Location: London
glpinxit wrote:
Kinesis Racelight- there is a very good reason why it has a reputation among many cyclists as the basis for an excellent winter bike. I have one and so does Mrs Glpinxit- both with carbon forks and Shimano 105.


Your post left a mark.
I really like this frame and I am now seriously considering building a bike around it.

Tonight I finally got around putting together a list of the components I need. I found a frame that comes with a BB with square tapered spindle, so I based my choice of groupset around that. It doesn't entirely make sense, but it's a start.
For some reason I like MTB-style single chainsets, which have the advantage of not needing a front derailleur.
So far my list, with a mix of new and second hand items, sits at £600.
This using SRAM components for cassette (10 speeds), rear derailleur and chain.
A third party chainset.
Shimano Ultegra calipers
Mavic Wheels.
And various bits and pieces.
I'm not too bothered by making it a head turner, so I will choose components with an eye to economy, obviously keeping in mind that sometimes it's more economical to spend more than less, so to speak.
But I will definitely go for basic stem, handlebar, spacers, seatpost.

Part of the reason that pushes me to do this is to actually learn to work on a modern bike. So, any input is more than welcome.
Feel free to tell me I'm better off buying a complete bike. I know you are probably right.
Also because with my speed, I guess it would take at least 2-3 months to put a bike together.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:41 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:51 pm
Posts: 324
Location: AL5, Herts, UK
Go for it!
But do bear in mind that although eBay can be overpriced the prices achieved reflect buyers’ perceptions of value and fashion. This means the Racelight can be an eBay bargain. My wife is short so hers is tiny, all parts were nearly new and the complete bike (latest version of the frame too) was £400. I picked up my Racelight frameset (superseded version) for under £50 including post and it wears 10 speed Shimano 105 bought piece by piece also barely used for under £200 all in (including all other stuff like cables, tape, bars and stem). Saddle, seatpost, wheels/tyres and pedals came from another bike.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 11:42 am 
Retro Guru

Joined: Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:19 am
Posts: 2466
Location: Sheffield, top city
I get the feeling you like old bikes. With the racelight, bear in mind it wont have gear lever bosses, so you will need bar end shifters or Brifters. Also its 130mm dropout width, so old wheels wont drop in without some faffing and it has a 1 1/8 fork steerer so you will need newer forks and and threadless stem and headset.

Having said that, I have one of the older versions and they are nice all-purpose frames


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:03 pm 
Old School Hero
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:13 pm
Posts: 208
Location: London
Your feeling is right, I do like old bikes.
But I am getting a bit frustrated with the downtube shifting, and with the lack of short gears on my Peugeout.
They are not insurmountable problems, I could modify the gearing - probably - and I'm sure a new reach derailleur would help the shifting precision, but my current bike is also not my size, and there is no cure for that.
Which is why I'm considering a modern bike as a commuter, for practicality.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bawgixer and 11 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group