I ride my vintage road bikes in training and amateur races, mainly because of their well-made geometry and it suits my riding style. I used to be an anachronic rider who thought only original stuff will do. Since up-grading one of my bikes with not so old but stylish components I´ve come to realise that my riding went up a level or two. So, from now on I`m into to 1)vintage and 2)effective riding. Then I stumbled into another thread and someone had sent a picture of a vintage Batavus with some modern stuff (rims, pedals) and the bike came across as, eh...very good looking and potent ready to get into speed. So, my question to fellow vintage riders; anyone else enjoying the mix of old and new and it that case what with?
I liberated my 1975 Monark 318(a k a Crescent MCB) from the french components (Simplex, Stronglight and SunTour) and put on full Shimano 600 (from 1984) except for rear derailleur where a not so old Ultegra came in handy. New hubs and Chrina/Rigida rims makes it run effortless. For the sake of style I finished off with Bontrager handlebar tape.
On the other hand, I would never do this to my Crescent 319 from -79 with full Dura Ace original; it still works like new!