I joined my college's cycling team this year in anticipation for the spring season next year. Im just trying to figure out how can, in the least expensive way, get a bike that will be able to get me through my first season. I have a ton of bike parts/frames lying around but noting along the lines of a race worthy bike. I guess I should just list some of the stuff I have?
There are two frames
-Late 80's Fiorelli race bike
-Mid-Late 90's LeMond Zurich
On the Fio (total hodge podge)
-7 speed rear cassette with campy downtube shifters
-Record 10 Speed FD, Chorus BB and Crankset
-7 or 8 speed unknown RD campy
-Old Record brakes and levers
-Mavic MA40 wheels w/shimano hubs
On the Lemond
-nothing... it was my cousins training fixed gear so its pretty bare bones.
-Dura Ace threaded headset
-105 brake and levers (read brake)
-105 BB and crank
-Some track wheelset
Now, I know the Lemond is the superior bike, but It would need an entire gruppo and wheelset to get into shape.
The Fio, I guess It would just need some 8 speed brifters and an 8 speed cassette? Are 7 and 8 speed cassettes interchangeable? Or would I be better off with a used 8 speed rear wheel setup?
Lets say a $600 or so budget from now until race season. Did I answer my own question in writing this? Would and 80's lugged steel ride get lost in the pack? I dont think that any of the kids in the intro class with CF bikes have anything on me physically. Advice, encouragement? Thanks!