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    Suggestions for bike/build

    I have been into riding seriously for a little over a year now. Logging about 150 miles a week on my bike in PA. Recently i have been getting an itch to pick up an older bike to build up or just find an older one in general. Now i'm riding an 2007 Specialized Allez Pro w/ full dura ace. It is a size 62. I'd still like to have the STI type shifting levers. I'd like to be able to ride this with the group rides in my area once or twice a week.

    Any input or links to sites would be appreciated. I just need a starting point. I'm sure many have had this same itch as me.

    Dan

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    STI shifters with an older bike...hmm.

    Perhaps some of our many PA members can give you a hand getting started?

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    There was a great thread about this not too long ago:

    retro roadies- old frames with STI's or Ergos

    BBM's Palo Alto is, unsurprisingly, gorgeous.

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    Budget? A nice build up or a nice vintage bike with STI's added?
    We gotta start somewhere.
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    I was looking to spend like 450. I was browsing some of the older bianchi bikes like this one on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/Bianchi-Speciali...QQcmdZViewItem


    My standover is 35inches. I'd like to get STi shifters, and also some stronger brakes than what may have been on the early 80's bikes since i live in the hills of PA with lots of fast downhills. I'd consider getting a frame and putting a new wheelset on it since i weigh about 205 and probably need a stiffer wheels. I dont know if my best bet would be to just find a frame and start with that, or just buy a full bike setup. Any other input would be appreciated. Thanks.

    I'd rather pay a tad more and get a bigger name brand or one that has alot of great history behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danv1317 View Post
    I was looking to spend like 450. I was browsing some of the older bianchi bikes like this one on ebay. ....
    I'd rather pay a tad more and get a bigger name brand or one that has alot of great history behind it.
    PM'd a couple of examples....
    Robbie ♪♫♪...☻
    You will not believe how fast I used to be...

    1979 Centurion Semi Pro
    1982 Lotus Classique
    1986 De Rosa Professional SLX
    1987 D'Arienzo (Basso)
    1995 Hot Tubes TT
    1998 Kestrel KM 40 Airfoil
    1998 Trek Y-Foil
    2006 Cinelli XLR8R-2
    2011 Eddy Merckx EMX3
    2014 Wraith "Hustle" (best value in a steel frame today, IMO)

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