I would really like to strip down my Raleigh R500 and build up a decent lugged steel frame with the components. Can I do it without having to buy a million little bits and pieces that add up? And, what frame should I be looking out for?
The bike I have now is a mix of Tiagra (9spd) and Sora stuff. And everything is quite rideable if not too pretty anymore. The problems I have with it are 1. It's incredibly ugly with its comically oversized aluminum tubes and ugly ugly welds. 2. It has zero clearance for fenders and no eyelets even if I put on 700x20s. 3. I'm not a fan of that aluminum feel.
Did I mention how ugly it is?
I have an '85 Traveler that I converted to an SS around town bike. I love the look and feel, but I'd like something a little lighter (but that's not too much of a concern) and a little zippier for the roadie.
So the questions are:
1. Any frame recommnndations that will be fairly easy to set up and not break the bank? I've sort of been thinking about an 80s Japanese bike (Panasonic, Miyata) or Schwinn in the Tempo/LeTour range.
2. Should I just keep cruising Craig's and ebay or is there somewhere else for a decent used frameset?
3. I expect I might have to get long reach brakes, cold set the frame to 130, and maybe get a new clamp for the front derailer (can I do that?). Is there anything else that I'm not thinking of that I should be on the lookout for or that will cost me more money? Seatpost maybe?