Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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If your bottom bracket cups have 24 threads per inch, you are in luck. because this is consistent with the current international standard. If you have the older English 26TPI, you may be able to force fit an aluminum Swiss cupset (25.4TPI), but these tend to be rare and expensive.
If you have enough metal around the brake mounting holes in your fork crown and brake bridge, why not just ream them out to the newer standard? Also, note that it will be easiest to use brakes with standard external nuts, rather than the modern recessed system.
You can update to newer wheels, but you will most likely have to spread your rear triangle, which is pretty easy with a steel frame.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069