Well, last night I managed to tweak my knee well enough to think it best if I didn't ride today. So instead, I cleaned up the 3Rensho TT frame that I picked up on Tuesday. Here's what I know about it so far:
Andrew Muzi at Yellow Jersey informs me it is either a late 87 or early 88 frameset, painted in the Team colors of that era (which team, I don't know). Frame takes a 24" front wheel, 700c rear, recessed mount brakes. Campagnolo vertical dropouts in the rear, over the BB cable routing. Fillet brazed frame other than the BB which is lugged, with a gusset reinforcement between the chain stays. I have been unable to find any photos online of a frame exactly like this one. The closest I've found has been over on the Yellow Jersey website of a custom built 87 frame with a curved top tube and lugs at the headtube.
Paint is in over all good condition. There is some chipping along the drive side chain stay, and behind the front forks, around the rear brake cable guides, and a few others here and there. I took down some of the surface rust with a brass brush on the dremel this morning, and appears all issues are on the surface only. I also applied a coat of wax to the entire frame, which really brought back the depth of the color, espeically the blue. Good news is that the headset and bottom bracket are both in good condition. Headset appears to be a C-Record, BB is Record as well. I slipped my Super Record crank arms over the spindle and appears that they seated nicely. There had been a shimano 105 crank on it, but appears there was no damange to the spindle due to such.
I am picking up the front wheel from the seller tomorrow morning. After that, not sure what to do with it. I have some SunTour parts, and a Super Record group I could build it with. As low as the head tube is, I think I'd either have to put bullhorn style bars on it, or just conclude I'm always going to ride on the hoods of any drop bar I'd put on. Honestly, after cleaning the frame, giving it a good once over, I'm not sure if I'm 'feeling' this bike. I jumped on the chance to pick it up because I didn't want it to become a fixie (there were 3Rensho perusit track frames as it is), and simply because how cool are funny bike frames! However, I think I am, and always will be, a sucker for lugs. Perhaps this one would be better served in the hands of a 3Rensho affectonado who will restore her to original. But for now, at least I can treat you all to some better photos!
a few people have asked about the size of the frame. By my best measurements, it has a 56.5cm ctc seat tube and about a 59cm virtual top tube.
as photoed in CraigsList ad. I'm getting the front wheel tomorrow, didn't buy the rear.
Cleaned up and polished.
Shifters. Not sure what to make of the 3Rensho Dura-Ace AX right lever. Aftermarket? Orginal?
She's not pristine, but all of this is surface only and I treated with some rust inhibitor and waxed to protect. Decided against touchup paint for now.
the only "Lug" on the frame. Also, amazing how pretty the paint is after a coat of wax.