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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:06 am 
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I have a late 1960's steel framed bike and looking at putting a up to date groupset on it. What would you recommend?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:47 am 
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I'd think about things like spacing for the wheels and if the frame is OK with allen key fittings for brakes and the like.........

Then go for 70's stuff :)

Shaun


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:26 pm 
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Modern rear wheels are 130mm spacing. Yoiur frame will be 120mm rear spacing, this is your biggest problem. You could fit a sturmey archer 5 speed hub built into a rear wheel in that frame and shift of a down tube shifter.

It's that or run a 2x 5 speed drive train of down tube shifter or bar end shifters.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:47 pm 
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I've been using this frame with a 6 speed block on down tube changers. The LBS says 'depends on the spacing on the bottom bracket, but shimano sora and tiagra fit pritty much all frames'


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:42 pm 
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Cracking frame..........needs more period stuff IMHO. Nothing expensive like Campag.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:58 pm 
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That does look nice!

It's better to have a bike on the road with non-period kit than off, but you'll have less hassle fitting period components.

With a little patience it needn't be costly if, like Shaun says, you avoid the premium stuff.

Modern Shimano is pretty ugly too: like fitting alloys and a bodykit on an E-Type!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:19 pm 
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That's an absolutely cracking period frame. I'm seeing Chater Lea, Airlite etc. Worth the hunt and cost as you're starting with something so good.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:25 pm 
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You'll have to get the brake holes drilled to fit allen key modern types.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:18 pm 
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It's got to be old stuff, it just looks right. If you want modern buy a retro styled modern frame that will work with new kit. There's no point trying to force a round brick through the square hole. :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:27 pm 
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Check out the Velo Orange stuff. New parts, old look.


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