I recently started looking for a road bike to help with my training and also be something I could ride to work on. Quite fancied something new like a Specialized Allez, but £500 seemed a lot to pay for something I wasn't sure I'd get along with. I'd had a road bike a few years ago and never used it, so was hesitant about spending too much. So, time to scour the classifieds and eBay...
...could find LOTS of frames of 54cm upwards, but none of 52cm size that I needed. However, finally RB came up trumps and I sourced a Planet-X Uncle John.
Now with it not being able to run caliper brakes it meant I could utilise some parts I'd been given by a friend for helping sell his Stumpy. He'd bought a Hardrock and stripped the brakes and drive train off it and gave them to me. All low-end 7sp SRAM parts, but brand new and perfectly useable. These parts were destined for the Uncle John.
RB also came up trumps with a set of wheels. A nice set of Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels:
Now time to put it all together:
Had to buy a few bits to finish it off (cassette, cassette spacer and chain), but managed to keep the total cost at just over £200. Not bad in my opinion!
Even with the weighty drive train the total weight is just 21.8lbs
Long term I'd like to fit a road drive train and some drop bars, but this is more than sufficient for now.
"The things you own, end up owning you."