Never the twain shall meet... or maybe?


Retrobike Rider
it's that time for me to consider treating myself to a new bike. Early fifties now and not into speed as such, comfort and endurance, and climbing is my bag these days. Im enjoying 25''s tyres (fancy 28"s :)), and dinner plate on the back for those hills..
Ive been considering maybe buying a older titanium frame and building up with a 11speed 105 or similar. Or maybe even steel that would take such a set. It all just feels a little 'wrong' somehow..

I guess what Im asking is should I keep the retro side free from the modern side or just mix and match to my hearts desire??



Retro Wizard
I run a 1979 Witcomb with 28C. It was originally made for 27" wheels so the 700x28C fills the gap nicely. With a nice fast tyre like Conti GP5000 it really rolls well and is incredibly comfortable at the same time. It all looks right to me.


Senior Retro Guru
Nothing wrong with a MGOOF bike. There's a 100+ page thread of pics on LFGSS:

My next build is probably going to be 10-speed in an old 120mm-spaced frame. I'm fairly sure with with the 5/6/7-speed hub I have, I'll be able to fit 9 of the 10 gears in by taking a cog off and removing a 5mm axle spacer. I just need to check the clearance of the smallest cog on the chainstay. Then it's just a matter of deciding whether to go full MGOOF or disguise it by using mostly older components and Dura Ace 10-speed indexed downtube shifters.


Retro Wizard
I re-spaced mine to 130mm, it's really not hard to do. I then added a 1999 Chorus groupset (no carbon or silly crank shapes thank you).

The frame is *cough* patinated, but not quite so scruffy that it needs to be repainted.


Retrobike Rider
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Claud Butler Fan
Best thing I ever did (to a road bike)

1981 Claud Butler Colstar

Frame: 24” Reynolds 531 Butted throughout
Fork: Reynolds 531 Butted
Dropouts & fork ends: Campagnolo 1010

Headset: Shimano Dura-Ace HP-7410 (’93)
Stem: Shimano Dura-Ace Hs-7410 (’93)
Handlebar: Cinelli 66 Campione del Mondo, 42cm
Bar Tape: Claud Butler

Shifting Brake Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7801 (’04)
Brake Calipers: Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7800 (’04)
Brake Pads: Shimano Dura-Ace
Brake Cables: Shimano BC-9000

Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace FD-7800 (’04)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace RD-7800 (’04)
Derailleur Cables: Shimano Dura-Ace SIS OT-SP41
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra CS-6700 10 speed SIS 12-30t (’19)
Chain: Dura-Ace 10s CN-6701 ('20)
Cranks: Shimano Dura-Ace FC-105SC
Chainrings: Shimano
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace SM-FC7800 (’05)
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace PD-7400 (’92)

Rims: Wolber Competition Gentleman 81 27”
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace FH-7700 (’99) & HB-7700 (’97)
Hub Skewers: Shimano Dura-Ace QR (’99 & ’97)
Nipples: Chromed bronze
Spokes: Stainless Steel double butted
Tyres: Panaracer 27” Pasela 115psi

Saddle: White Turbo
Seatpost: Shimano 600AX SP-6310 (’84)
Bottle & Cage: Elite

Weight: 22lb 9oz - 10.234Kg


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