Firstly, thanks to the RB members (chiefly pete_mcc, kase1983 and mynchiboy) who've sold me bits and bobs over the last 18 months or thereabouts - the idea I had in my head for the bike I wanted to build finally fell into place over last autumn. My bike isn't totally retro as it does have current-issue Mirage Ergo levers (to work a 16sp 'Shimergo' set-up), front mech and dual-pivot brakes. Otherwise it's a good approximation of a decent-level early-to-mid '90s road bike, based on a Look KG241 carbon frame with Time Sprint carbon fork (threaded steerer!) , and old-but-still-good bits such as a Sachs New Success rear cassette hub, Mavic 840 rear mech
and a L&M 'Stardrive' square-taper crankset converted to a 52-38 road double. Oh, and some 'proper' (i.e. not
Keo) Look pedals to match the frame! However, this is my main road bike and not just built up as a conversation piece or for a bit of fun - so far this year I've raced in 3 times in local 10-mile time-trials resulting in 3 top-ten placings from quite big fields (all with their fair share of 'identikit' Giants, Treks, Specializeds, etc.), and a 10-mile personal best last Thursday evening!
Admittedly the not-so-retro ITM tri-bars are a big help!
Anyone else out there finding that their 'old school' kit can still hold its own against more modern bikes?
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