I'm an idiot
what's the saying.... only fools rush in!
I DID need a 140mm axle as i forgot to include the derraillieur dropout to the overall length measurement of my rear axle
honestly this is embarrassing. Now that I've done that, and fitted a tyre to the rear wheel i managed to set up the chain line really nicely,.. i have fitted QR axles and am looking at getting some of those nice allen headed lock skewers.
Currently,.. i have got the wheel centred between the chainstay, but it is slightly towards the non drive side between the seat stays - at the moment i'm not too worried about that yet, my aim is to get this collection of parts bike shaped again and then trouble shoot.
in order to get it basically road worthy I need to buy:
Front wheel to match the rear, of similar vintage (rigida AL1320)
Inner tube for front tyre
Things that i 'want' for the bicycle,... well i fancy a different saddle maybe some better brake calipers and possibly some new brake levers - I'm trying to find the right balance of vintage looks and appeal, with little modern touches that will not detract from the overall look and feel of the bike.
any recommendations on some smaller pedals? not cleats...