Not having a lot of experience of road bikes – how has the geometry etc varied over the years?
I know how mtb frames have gotten “better” over the years is this the case for road too?
I would love to build up an 80’s or early 90’s bike – but is this really practical for regular riding?
I plan to ride the Oxford to Cambridge ride on the 28/09/2008 which is 90miles so time isn’t limited but you know!
Ed has two lovely frames for sale at the moment which I’m deliberating over
Totally practical and far more comfortable than a cheaper alu framed modern bike or second hand carbon frame. For the price of a 'new' complete Taiwan bike you could have a classic and timeless beautifully built lugged frame with near top range Campag components (made the old fashioned way) that will hold it's value and be a thing of pleasure to own, ride (and look at).
To put it another way with £500 you can get close to a bike that for many years would not have been out of place being ridden in the TDF - to do that with a modern carbon bike would cost thousands and thousands.
Road frame design (bar the actual material) is incredibly conservative compared to MTBs. 99.9% are of course exactly the same diamond framed rigid design with mostly unchanged geometry. Bikes earlier than 80's are perhaps a bit different though.