Its not often i venture into here but i suppose there comes a time in every mountainbikers life when thoughts turn to Road work
Well,tbh,i've been thinking on this for a very long time I need something to help get me out more often as i dont seem to get out to the countryside much these days through unfitness and need to build a bike to do so on but keep on ending up building mtbs.If i can build this then perhaps ill get out more and help improve fitness levels to enable me to join in with some of the more epic macretro ride outs.
I originally joined RB to source a uber cheap potter about hybrid type thing to get out and about on,go to the shops for messages,down to the coffee shoppe for lunch that type of thing to start with.I wanted the bike to be reasonably worry free if i left it locked up on the city centre and as my usual builds are modern and flash it could have reasonable spec but not cost the earth therefore be not so desirable to thieves.
Hence building a road bike
I volunteer at the bike station so i can source parts that are vintage and perhaps a bit tatty but of high enough spec as to satisfy my lust for all things precision.
I'll start a thread on this build once i have the frame home.
So what is it you ask?
Before i tell you i have to first of all point out ive developed a compunction for building bikes that are too small for me to ride.Im 6'3" and all i ever find is medium frames and so far on here have built about 4 that were 19" and under
I thought i'd stick with tradition and opt for a frame too small.
It's a Sun something from about i think 1985
Other than the head badge[which is original metal one not a sticker]the frame has no decals but its lucky that the supervisor in bikestation knows which model it is.
It's polished chrome...And thats about all i know
It has a 23" C-C seattube and 22 1/2" C-C toptube /I'll pick it up this week and get it home,
I've also got a choice as to what components to put on and so far have a bio-pace type triple SeakE i think is the spelling.Those cranks came off something else and ive polished them back to their original condition,I also have a rear mech or a couple rather and that gives me a dilemma as to what to fit.You see i have home for renovation a campagnolo 980 and a suntour V GTluxe and i cant decide whether to wait for more campag stuff to turn up and build it slowly or whether to use the suntour which there is more of in spares
either way it will be a mix of parts and years.
Must say i like the look of the suntour mech .Its quite intricate looking compared to the 980 and i like that look.
Ive nothing yet in the way of wheels or bars ,brakes etc etc but i suppose ill leave that discussion to the build thread.
Also maybe got the chance of a mid eighties Carlton .its purple but very very rusty and might not be such a nice looking build,and of course its also too small for me
Anyone know what frame it might be? chromed.I think really nice lugs though some old bike donations have had belters so i hope im not being confused there with one of them
Pics up when i get it home.Feel free to add your own
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