This is my first retro road build.
My modern aluminium road bike had no soul compared to my old MTBs so when this frame turned up I thought I'd have a go at sorting that out
I wanted to go for a steel road bike, ideally with a bit of a MTB link. It will be my only road bike so functionality was important, the plan was classic frame and finishing kit mated to sympathetically chosen modern parts.
I took a bit of a punt on the frame - someone had outed it on here and the BIN meant I was a bit impulsive and bought it without knowing anything about Ritchey Road bikes, pics of the frame when it arrived:
Shabby but sound and with a bit of reading fairly rare and well loved by those that own them.
It had no forks and I figured that the originals were going to be nigh on impossible to find so went for a modern carbon Ritchey. The frame had crimp damage to the down tube where some animal had overtightened the front mech (:roll:).
The next thing was decals, a bit of internet research found a pic of a bike in the original colours (pic below) and Gil_m did the usual sterling job on coming up with the goods - thanks Gil!
The frame/forks went to Argos where I had the down tube repaired (filled with silver solder) and a mech mount added (figured this was for the best - having been damaged once I didn't want to risk a split). The colours I wanted to be as per original but I opted for a pearlescent twist to them.
I had a CK patriot headset in the box of bits to be used sometime which is fitted and here it is:
I'm pretty happy with the result - the colour is really deep.
I have all the bits, its going to be a euro/american mix:
2011 Campy Athena 11 speed (for me Campy is road bikes)
Campy Record/Mavic Open Pro CD wheels - classic looking but bang up to date and they'll last for ever)
White flight/control tech/kelly/salsa bits
Hopefully have it finished this weekend.