Well, I've had a sudden influx of bike projects recently. Everything from making my neighbor's Schwinn World Sport into an awesome, fast riding machine, to last night's acquisition.
It's my first ever British project, as well as my first ever 531 frame.
My neighbor has learned how much of a bike nerd I am, and he loves that fact. He grew up right in the area, and bought this bike back in high school (the 80's, I believe). He ended up giving it to me last night, and I promised I'd turn it into something he'd be proud of.
So, here she is:
The owner of my LBS is willing to bet money on the fact that it's from the 78-82 range. The frame is made for 27" wheels, but the front has a 700c on there (kind of cool...Suzue hub with sealed bearing laced to a nice Mavic rim). I figure I'll get a nice set of 27" tubies on here and maybe switch over to a dedicated Shimano group (it's currently a mismatch) or maybe a nice Campy set up. The dropouts are Shimano, which I found odd.
She also has a Sugino crankset, an Ideale 80 saddle, and Schwinn Approved long reach centerpulls. I figure I'll get at least some single pivots on there...