I thought it was about time I brought this thread up to date. Over Christmas I replaced the golden arrow FD with a 7400 DA to match the rest of the drivetrain, fitted DA downtube shifters - love the friction / index option - and got hold of some Chorus Monoplanars and 105 levers. Sorry again purists! I added Nokon outer housing for the rear derailleur, a modern Lezyne bottle cage and Shimano A600 pedals.
After that I rode it for a bit - lovely! The 100mm XA stem felt a bit long so I swapped it for an 80mm 1A - now I'm hunting for an 80mm XA, but they're rare as hens teeth.
The bike is great and comes in at 9kg. But its increasingly clear that the shonky paint job is going to have to go. Bits are already falling off, revealing the original colour underneath; and the seat tube sticker wrinkles every time I put it in the workstand. So the current plan is:
- ride it some more,tweak the fit
- obtain an 80mm XA stem, decent quality headset and BB
- strip the bike later in the year and send it to Argos, get them to do something like this:
What does everyone think?
1983 Raleigh Gran Sport refurb
1980something Falcon (STI upgrade)
Dawes Kingpin Frankenbike (watch this space)