This is the classic case of right place, right time. A guy came to the shop I work at asking if we'd take a knackered old bike off him for parts as he didn't want it anymore. Now, we don't normally do that but I had a look at the bike and immediately said I'd take it.
It's a columbus slx frame badged as 'RIBBLE' with a full 1988 campagnolo athena groupset (apart from the seatpost) right down to the toe straps
It was in a pretty bad state with loads of old grease and grime on it and a fair amount of surface rust but after being in the garage for a week it's cleaned up really nice.
The restoration is complete apart from some bar tape and a different seatpost but I've decided to be annoying and split all the pictures into different posts and string it out over a few days
Anyway, this is what it looked like
Please excuse the crap photos but I was using my phone most of the time
Unfortunately this stem has bitten the dust. It was completely seized into the steerer tube so I had to cut it out.
I like this photo purely because of what the sticker on the seat tube says.
And finally, a teaser of what it looks like now.
In the garage:
2011 Genesis flyer fixed wheel; 2012 Wilier Gran Turismo (shiny
Been and gone:
Ribble columbus slx; 1982 Viscount KP crisps replica team bike; 2009 Marin Wolf Ridge 6.9; Veneto Columbus altec 2 road bike; 1993 Specialized stumpjumper; 1980s Raleigh team replica