I just got a nice old columbus slx road frame (from mid-80s, no fork) that I want to build and I had some questions... I've never built a bike before and I realize I have to make many choices, like:
--a carbon or a steel fork?, and
--wheel size - my frame is a 63cm (I'm 6'5") and I kind of think larger bikes look better with 27" wheels.. is it possible to get nice light and sturdy 27" wheels, and do the new carbon forks accommodate wheels other than 700c? Or would I be better off with 700c? Any recommendations?
--components: I have an older bike with all parts on it (dia-compe, sakae, etc) and I could just transfer everything on the new frame, but.. is this stuff going to neutralize the lightness of the columbus frame (that would kind of be a shame I think) and should I simply buy newer components? Are they necessarily lighter? How compatible are the newer components with older frames? Again, any suggestions, recommendations?
I just want a functional, reliable bike that I can use for multiple purposes -- zippy city riding, longer (several-hour) bike path joy rides, etc.
Grateful in advance for the knowledge you'll here share... - lux