What a great resource. I have learned a lot here, thanks very much.
I used to ride quite a bit, so I got a better bike; around 1979 when I was about 14. Then my rims got wobbly after a few years (those Rigida Blue Labels never were what I'd call tough), so I got a new wheelset (same). The hubs didnt slide right into the dropouts, which puzzled me so I parked the bike. I got a series of MTB's. Time marched on. I aged. God gave me a spouse, then children. I ran some marathons. My knee hurt this year. I picked up the bike. It was hanging in the garage, dusty but dry. Campy hubs. 6 speed cogset, which didnt work on my frame, so the LBS put my old 5 sp freewheel on my new wheelset. I stretched the frame to get the hubs to fit, easily enough. My RD was bent in storage, so I straightened it the best I could and the LBS straightened the dropout. But it didnt work as it should. I noticed suntour Vx RD and Superbe were going for the same money on ebay. I scooped up a Superbe Pro. Last night I spent hours trying to get a 7 sp RD choked down to a 5 sp freewheel. The best I could do was to limit the throw on the small-tall cog, till it wouldnt grab 5, then back it off and grab 5 again. But on the #1 large cog I cannot get the RD to stop throwing it right over the top into the spokes. I played with the limit screws and the cable, over & over. Is it not possible? It just seems to have too much throw. It's a short cage.
The other trouble was my new (zero miles) 1985 tires. The wire bead protection rotted and left the tube to fend for itself. The wire bead won out repeatedly. I have parked the bike awaitingnew tires to ship from an ebay bike shop that claimed they were in stock (ebay auction!) and took over a week to ship. I'm looking forward to the new tires (conti gatorskin 27 x 1.25) even though I am picking up 140g per wheel, I am also gaining a lot of kevlar protection.
The final thing is a buddy had me jump on his TT bike for a Saturday ride. It was as heavy as the sunday newspaper and a lot more fun than my old bike. What is it that we like about lugged steel again? If given the choice wouldnt we rather be on a stiff light responsive fast aluminum modern bike w/ultegra?