Hey, all. Just wanted to show off my "new" Batavus Professional. I was in my LBS the other day and asked if they had any vintage steel bikes come in recently. The owner said, "As a matter of fact . . ." He had this in the back and sold it to me for $200. Not nearly as sweet as some of the yard sale buys I've seen in this forum, but not bad, I think.
So, I wanted to get some input about what I should upgrade. Obviously, the stem has to go. Suggestions for that? I'd like to stay vintage. I am thinking all Super Record components, eventually.
I have already bought some SR quill pedals and have my eye on some SR toe clips. (I don't care much for the Look pedals that are on it now, or for clipless pedals in general.) I have also ordered a Batavus head badge, which it currently is missing. The only change I've made to is so far is adding my B-17 saddle. I'm thinking maybe of getting Brooks leather bar wrap to match my saddle.
Also, what year would you guess it to be? Given the "Dutch National Champion 1983-1984" decal near the shifters, I'm it's a 1985, at least.
Here is the current set up:
Frame: Batavus Professional (1985 or so?), Columbus tubing
Fork: original (I think) Columbus
Rims: Mavic GP4
Tires: old tubulars
Hubs: Campy Record
Front der.: Suntour
Back der.: Suntour ARX
Brake levers: Dia-Compe
Seat post: La Parade
Seat: Brooks B-17
Cranks & chainrings: Sugino RT