Top responses chaps, certainly provides something to reflect on.
Old Ned wrote:
No Lycra - much to modern.
Part of me agrees but the frame has been confirmed as 1984, the groupset is Nuovo Record so in keeping - when was lycra introduced?
monty dog wrote:
I'm just praying that the weather isn't like the stage 7 of this year's Giro which was over the same roads:http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/93rd-g ... e-7/photos
But if it is then we'll just have to dare to be great!
For the jersey, wool/acrylic seems to be de rigeur, unless perhaps if you're bike is close to the 1987 cut off. Having admired the Rapha commemorative Tourmalet jerseys at last weekend's Etape du Tour (nice price too - £135!), I wonder if there would be demand for some Retrobike tops in wool/mix, suitably styled, e.g. black/white/black tricolor with 'Retrobike' across the middle? No idea who would make them though.
The wool jersey idea is a nice one and has been mooted before. I'm sure a supplier could be found but I suspect that we might struggle to get enough people to make it economic as I bet it wouldn't be cheap. Doesn't mean that we can't discuss again though.
Which course will you do? For the 200k, the 'tabella di marcia' suggests as much as 3600m(!) of climbing, in which case you'll want some low gears - could be tricky to arrange with 135mm BCD Campagnolo cranks. The white roads will demand sturdy tyres, although aesthetics (=skinwalls) are obviously of even greater importance.
Entered in the 205km which I'm sure I'll regret but figure, despite the stats, that it can't be too brutal if people ride it on old bikes well before the advent of compact chainsets or generous capacity rear mechs (on racing bikes at least). Hoping that 42x26 will see me through.
Tyres are of course a key consideration and aesthetics has to win so 28mm touring tyres with thick innertubes is my current thinking.