I have always done my own basic bicycle repairs and adjustments but have left major stuff for the pro at my lbs. This, I am about to try to change. I am not a complete dolt and am able to use a spanner if given the chance .
Thanks to a very kind forum member I will be in possession of a (new to me) older bianchi road frame and fork. Now, my question is to all of the mechanical fellows. How do you go about finding out the specs of these old frames that everyone builds up. Was there certain standards during certain times for things such as measurements for the dropouts etc etc. Or, do you just get out an old tape measure and go to town?
I am going to have to try to build this up and will have fun doing it. I just need to know where to look to ensure I am purchasing proper parts that will fit on the thing. I guess knowing the year and exact model of the frame is ideal. But, what if the thing has been repainted etc, and you can not get an exact year to look up specs on a manufactures website. Do you go by frame serial numbers to match models?
Perhaps it is one of those cases where if you have been around long enough you just build up the knowledge of knowing what was the norm during specific times.
Any help greatly appreciated.