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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:12 pm 
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Being an enthusiastic newbie when it comes to retro road biking (I got a late 70s Carlton and it's changed my whole perception!) I was wondering how safe a lot of these vintage parts are? I never really thought about it before I guess, but as I am looking for a few old Campag bolts I came across a couple of sites that reiterate the point that a lot of this vintage gear is for show only.

As I am just about to start riding my late 70s Holdsworth complete with original Grand Nuevo bits, am I now in imminent danger?

What are your experiences?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:36 pm 
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vintage parts like that i would say are OK. The trouble with vintage is finding replacements. So i use new running gear :oops: :lol:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:23 pm 
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tintin40 wrote:
vintage parts like that i would say are OK. The trouble with vintage is finding replacements. So i use new running gear :oops: :lol:


Yeah, nobody want to see a hollowtech II setup on anything retro or vintage :twisted:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 3:46 pm 
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John wrote:
tintin40 wrote:
vintage parts like that i would say are OK. The trouble with vintage is finding replacements. So i use new running gear :oops: :lol:


Yeah, nobody want to see a hollowtech II setup on anything retro or vintage :twisted:


:lol: :lol: vintage Bullseye would look better. But i could never get the non drive side tight to stop the play. :|


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Personally I wouldn't worry too much - like anything you need to look carefully for cracks when servicing safety critical parts. Alu bars and stems would be top of my list for concern.


However a lot of the old stuff is steel and frankly that will go on forever.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 7:13 pm 
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The old brake calipers doen't work as the new ones do, but I wouldn't worry too much about them breaking.
In my experience parts break mostly from manufacturing defects. And that can happen just as well on new parts as on old parts.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:06 am 
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I have stripped everything down, regreased, and it all looks pukka! Gonna get new cables for brakes and see how they go.

Thanks again, feedback is appreciated

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:16 am 
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Actually, I'd argue that a lot of vintage parts are more reliable than modern ones.

Enjoy your new bike.


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