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 Post subject: 1987 Raleigh Road Ace
PostPosted: Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:22 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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My first vintage build. Thanks to everyone who helped with their advice, and apologies to the purists :)

Not sure about the brown saddle/tape. Views welcome!

1987 Raleigh Road Ace - 22.5"
Tape: Fizik superlight honey brown
Saddle: Charge Spoon
Shifters: 105 5600
Rear Derailleur: 105 5600
Front Derailleur: 105 5600
Chainset: 105 5600 52/39
Cassette: Ultegra 12-30
Brakes 105 5600
Bottom Bracket: Tiagra BB-RS500
Headset: Stronglight A9
Handlebars: Deda Speciale
Seatpost: Deda Elementi
Stem: Zenith 26mm quill stem
Tyres: Panaracer Paselas
Wheels: LBS hand built
Cables: Jagwire
Pedals: Shimano M520 SPD
Chain: KMC X10-93 10 Speed


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:53 pm 
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Looks great.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:10 pm 
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Cracking looking bike....I'm from the 70's when all bar tape was white lol


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:44 pm 
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Bars could do with lowering leveling off


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:28 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Cracking looking bike....I'm from the 70's when all bar tape was white lol


Haha, I was going to go with white saddle and tape, shame it only looks good for 5 minutes.

And thanks for the compliment!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:36 pm 
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Nob wrote:
Bars could do with lowering leveling off


You're right; it may be the photo, but I think the bars are level. I had them lower (in line with the stem), but I get RSI now and then and it's more comfy if they're level (or slightly up) for me.

I think it's also the old style bars as well, the hooks look a bit weird on a vintage bike if they're not in the traditional track style. I'm also used to modern bikes and riding on the hoods, rather than the tops.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:08 am 
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Great looking Bike.... are you going to enter it into RBotM?


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:29 am 
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PeachyPM wrote:
Great looking Bike.... are you going to enter it into RBotM?


Thanks! I don't think so, mine's not that special and I didn't build it to original spec.

I also agree with Nob, the bars look wrong, and I can't wrap tape for toffee :)

It's my 50'th next year, so I hoping for something really special like a Colnago master frame to build up.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:01 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Great looking bike , I hope my road ace looks as good as yours, is that a short cage rear derailleur? Does it shift fine with the 30 tooth cassette? I’m looking to work with a 30 cassette, but I don’t know if to use my long cage 105 or try a smaller old style 6500 Ultegra.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:34 am 
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Hi Fr, yep it's a short cage derailleur - shifts fine. I went for a 12-30, as I thought a 11-32 would be pushing it too far. Apparently it's okay for a 32, but you have to fiddle with the b-screw (take it out an reverse it), so you get enough space. Lots of people seem to have done it - a quick Google "11-32 cassette short cage" should help if you wanted to go that route.

Good luck with your build and post pics!


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