I originally posted this in found at the dump - because that's where I found it. It seemed too nice to be melted down for scrap. Wiser heads said it was worth a new thread to try and identify it. I've posted close ups on Picasa
It has Nervex lugs and bottom bracket and the serial number 59o3084o0222-f38
I think it's in it's second reincarnation, it had a Camapagnolo bar end shifter with a Shimano 600 rear mech; Weinemann levers and a Mafac rear brake, the photos show it as found. There are braze on cable guides on both sides of the down tube, but was a five speed before the wheels came off! I put a wheel on and it shifted well once I got the lever moving. The chainstays seem to have been filed in a 'decorative way'. I stripped some of the paint off to see what was underneath but no clues there. The bands on the as found pic were done with paint and masking tape.
I think it is probably a mid range from one of the big uk builders (e.g Dawes Viking) but don't have much idea.
Nearly all the components will have to be refurbished/replaced and I'm really looking for a steer as to how far to go with restoration. My road bike is a planet x so for now this is my brand x
I already have a fixed wheel bike with a nice 80's Columbus frame and I'm thinking whether or not to restore that one back to a ten speed and really go to town with this one but I don't want to start grinding bits off a 'classic'
Any help appreciated