I’ve been thinking the same thing the last couple of days. But I guess I just like the idea of having something vintage.
I’ll see how it goes once it’s built. I may not like the “relaxed” geometry. If I don’t, all the components can go onto a newer frameset. It may look ordinary with 700c wheels, as the frame is built for 28"! I still need to find a brake caliper with enough reach.
At least the little bit of history will be preserved and I can pass it onto a collector.
Hey Mark B, I’m not parting anything out. The frame will be in the same condition (completely original) as the linked frame once it is resprayed, minus the fancy detailing, which could be added at anytime.
The bike was about 50 - 75% original, missing original rear wheel, brakes, seat, pedals. Like I said I might end up putting the modern components onto a modern frameset.
I appreciate the significance of the bike as part of history, so I wouldn’t think of doing anything permanent to it.
Thanks for the input, I’m getting closer to a modern frame every minute!
Not every period bike needs of should get a period restoration, and it’s not like what fleagun’s doing isn’t completely reversible anyway if someone wanted to go down that road in the future. The paint looked pretty generic/shit to begin with, and there were no decals so I say give it your best shot and just ride it!
A bigger concern is how gumby it is going to feel running 700s on a 28" frame?
I have the original headset, but the clamp part was cracked (broken). I’m thinking I’ll get a clamp machined up to match it. Although it’s a bit of a double up in functionality as it uses a quill type stem and threaded tube as well.