Ian Raleigh wrote:
I went through that journey and decided it was not worth it... a chain is just a chain...
it's meant to do a few K miles and then be recycled to make some cheap steel in China...
if it's made in 1982 or 2012 does not make any difference...
It may not make any difference to you but I want to keep it original and not bang on any modern shit
Some time ago whilst out on the bike i came across a chap who had re-stored an 80's Pinarello and
looked magic to the eye, we chatted about old bikes as you do, Then he mentioned about his new gold
KMC chain and that it wasn't running good, I then told him that type of chain wasn't designed for the old Campag'
drive-train and the chain was actually knackering his block and 'new' front chain-wheels! He said it will bed in in time!
He had fitted an ultra narrow KMC hollow link/hollow pin chain
Well, I use HG 50, which is 6-8 speed... and shfts better than the Regina.
I do like to keep the bike original for the non disposable parts, but I do use it and I am aware period chains are getting rare and consequently expensive. Where there is a valid cheap alternative, I prefer to use it. An old chain won't make the bike ride better, so I am happy to compromise on this.
Going that route, you might find yourself looking for second hand Wolber Tubulars, which will let you down every other ride...
On the other hand, nothing wrong in throwing in some cash on a beautiful seat post... that's meant to last... it's worth investing money