Finished it today. Totally built from odd parts I had lying around spare. With the help of Forum Members the frame was identified as a Giant Allegre from 1993. Giant's own triple butted Chromoly tubing (Ishiwata or Tange perhaps?).
It started as a derelict frame destined for the skip but rescued from a shed clearance with some other bike parts a few months ago. It had been daubed in black, red and army green paint and was in a sorry state to start with:
A dose of paint stripper, respray in gloss white enamel and new manufacturer's decals from an e-bay shop in Canada and the frame looked a lot sprucer. Being a one-time fan of the Scottish rock group 'Nazareth' and in particular their song "My White Bicycle" - I realised that I didn't actually own a white bike (Pearl and Blue Viner doesn't count), so it had to be white!
OK, so I now know it would have originally been a red/orange fade but I think it looks quite good in its modern livery. The decal set was only about £3.50 plus postage and that's the only cash I spent - everything else was sitting in boxes cluttering up my garage. Is this what's referred to as a "Frankenbike"?
Brakes are recessed bolt Dia Compe sidepulls with alloy wheel guides. The front shoes were mislaid at some point so replaced with chromed Campagnolo Record shoes with grey plastic coated wheel guides. Levers are Suntour aeros that look unused but have been kicking around for years waiting to be fitted to something.
Drivetrain is all Japanese - Suntour Cyclone rear, Shimano 7 speed screw on freewheel, Suntour triple front and Silver friction down tube shifters with a Yaba chain.
Chainset is an SR Apex 38/50 found covered in crud embedded in the mud floor of the same shed the frame came from - after a lot of cleaning and the "khatfull" treatment, it came out like new! Only one chain ring bolt now shows any tarnishing. There was insufficient chainstay clearance when I fitted my spare Campagnolo Mirage cartridge BB so I made up a cup & cone BB from spare bits and fitted MTB crank bolts. Pedals are spare NOS alloy Lyotard with chromed toeclips and new white leather straps that were unused from a previous project years ago. The headset is another mix n' match from the parts box!
The saddle is a very comfy gel type off a full suspension MTB that I flipped. The buyer wanted something wider so this was left over. A white one would look better, but this cost nothing. Handlebars are Winpista, Japanese engraved light steel bends with an alloy ferrulr. Original stem choice was a Cinelli quill (shown in the 'before' frame photo) but the bars were too thin to fit the clamp so a Kalin touring stem displaced when I changed the forks onanother bike was pressed into service. Seat binder bolt came from the loose parts box and the seat post is one of many spares from my box of 'too useful to throw away' parts. It's seen better days, but does the job. Bar tape & plugs are Bennotto black left over from a job lot I bought cheaply previously to get some green tape for another build.
The wheels are currently mis matched. The front is a Mavic Module E on Normandy hub hand built by Harry Rowlands, the survivor of a pair. Skewer is an old Maillard Simplex. The rear is one of a pair of really deep square section Weinmann eyeletted rims on Joytech hubs. Fitting a tyre to this is a rear challenge and I had to put a deeper profile tyre on than the front. In time I may rebuild these with gold Sunshine slotted high flange hubs and matching rims, but I need to find a rear hub with good freewheel thread first - preferably free!
So there it is, in recession-hit Britain it's still possible to rebuild steel road bikes by using all the old spares lying idle in the recesses of sheds and workshops! Some parts were dirty and rusty - but it's amazing what a bath in Oxalic acid and a polish up with Mother's polish can achieve - thanks Khatfull! Here's a comparison from my previous build - one pedal has been treated and the other is waiting to be. Both were in the same condition to start with.