After my wife's (aluminium) 2004 bianchi developed a crack in its head tube, and the manufacturers weren't interested, I took all the components off (bar the cranks as they'd seized) and dumped the frame. Fed up with Unrepairable aluminium I started looking for an old steel frame. And have just purchased a 20.5" Rondinella (number RO82345) for her Got it fitted with a old, but excellent condition, Record headset.
The frame is a Reynolds 531 Special and, given its age (1982 I'm guessing) is mint, with all original decals etc.
All I've done to it so far is have the rear dropouts widened by Argos to 130mm and have fitted a set of downtube cable stops (I don't want to have the old bosses cut):
Made a quick start at transferring the kit and have a few a questions that I'd be grateful for some help/D&G (apologies if these seem open-ended and vague):
1. The bianchi's stem (ahead) is cheap and nasty, as are the oversize bars. Both are black powdercoated too. I want to get a quill stem and bars (old school unpainted). I was told the bottom bracket is Cinelli, so maybe matching? Anyway, can you suggest what sizes (if that makes the blindest difference) and from where? Happy for 2nd hand but don't want to be fleeced.
2. The shifters are 9spd Mirage. Though functional id like to upgrade (the rear Mech is 10spd Centaur). Any suggestions what/where? And can you still get metal levers (as opposed to black carbon ones)?
3. A compact set of cranks would be ideal. I can't see anything wrong with ISO square taper. Also what BB would be the best to mate it with?
Now I'd best start saving up!