Anyone riding a classic frame with modern shifting and parts? How do you view such bikes? Best kept period or is it all good? As always pics would be a boon!
Recently changed my mind about this, I've a Holdsworth Mistral (531 throughout in family from new, the Mistral is basically a Holdsworth Pro with mudguard clearance), but in need of a frame refurbishment. The plan is to modify the frame - keeping the original colour and decals - widen the rear end to take a modern freewheel/cassette (13-28 7 speed) and run it with a modern compact chainset (50/38), and modern shifting, brakes etc.
Even considering the SRAM WiFli (11/32) for the transmission - this might not be feasible though.
I'd previously been thinking of running it unmodified with a triple...it'll look great and give me an eminently useable bike with classic looks - ok I'll spend a decent amount of money (£250 + on the frame refurb alone).
I believe I have a reasonable track record in that area...however, my interpretation of the OPs question is referring to framesets that are a little older than those in the images posted thus far - I could put images up of my 1984 Corsa (owned from new) with a Shimano 600EX group (fitted in 1986) - a more modern group than the Corsa's standard 105.
The OPs key word, for me is, classic
, this means for me a bike/frameset originating pre 1983 (a generally accepted date for when the classic period ends): you can of course disagree.
Bear with me: I have a 1967 Holdsworth Mistral and been thinking about what to do with the bike for a while, Campagnolo throughout (Nuovo Gran Sport and Record) and all the components are in great shape. However cosmetically the frame is a liitle knocked about...so a resto with a 7 + speed rearend, build with as many European parts as possible, compact chainset, Hope hubs, I could go on...but a classic bike/frame retaining the classic look (decals etc) but with modern components - a 1967 frame with up to date componentry - 40 + years separating components and frame.
I know what this bike looks like in my mind's eye - and I've started the build; or rather ordering the components, am delivering the frameset next week for the refurb.
Perhaps the OP can enlighten us?
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 2 x very early Roberts (mid/late 1960s), 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.