Originally Posted by desertdork
If you'd like some help in your search for a replacement crankset, you could solicit some good advice here if you provide details of your bike, budget and preferred gearing.
Many thanks, and yes, I would very much appreciate advice on the subject!
I have a new carbon frame with a standard EN BB68mm (I even measured it!).
Since I am 72, and not in the best of health, I am not likely to wear out components too quickly.
I would like to find parts on Ebay (or any place) that will make the build not too pricey.
If I can find one good buy like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/250894445639...84.m1429.l2648
then I would try to build the rest of the stuff around it. If this item doesn't get out of hand I would have crank set, bottom bracket and brifters in one buy.
Sometimes I see good Campy items on Ebay, but most of the time the bidding gets too high on them.
Basically, my aim is to get decent stuff, although it doesn't have to be top of the line. 105 or Ultegra from Shimano, Rival from SRAM, Veloce or Chorus from Campy would do fine. I think it is not worth my money to pay for the tiny weight difference between those grades and the Dura Ace, SRAM RED, and Super Record pieces.
I think if I look after my bike and keep it in good tune, it will serve my modest needs just as fine as a top-of-the-line gruppo.
I got my frame for less than $1,000, do you have a rough idea what one can expect to spend for a build like that?
Time is not of essence, I am patient to wait for the right item and auction.
edit: just noticed that I forgot to answer your question for preferred gearing!
I don't need high gears as much as I need help for climbing. As a matter of fact most of the time it is too dangerous on my rides to be in the big chain wheel. 46/48 is plenty high.