First time post, great site!
I`m hoping to get some solid opinions regarding a 1987 vintage Columbus Aielle "R" Campagnolo Triomphe equipped bike.
Bike was bought new and all components are complete except for a 26.6 Nuovo Record seatpost
in place of the Triomphe post which did not fit the post tube.
I recently put it back on the road with new Specialized rubber after too many years of collecting dust and have rediscovered my love for cycling
Just the other day, a rear spoke popped and cut my ride short, luckily I was able to limp home.
I decided to have all the 13/14 guage butted spokes replaced by straight 14 guage DT`s as it has been my experience that once one spoke goes, others would soon follow.
Unfortunately the rebuilder brought some issues to my attention, namely swelling spoke holes and hairline fractures on the Wolber Alpine rim and strongly suggested a replacement
I had him put on an Ambrosio FCS28 which seems like a good quality rim.
Here is my dilemma: will this bike become a money pit? I mean, if I can use a car analogy, all cars have a finite service lifespan and throwing money at repairs is just that, throwing money away rather that starting over with something else.. I`m about $250 into repairs so far and considering having the front wheel rebuilt as well.
It is worth noting that although the bike is pushing 25, it seems to be in reasonable condition
with the exception of a little indexing on the head but for it`s age, still rides real nice!
Though it must have several thousand kilometers on the clock, it was never abused.
Ultimately, I`d like to restore it to it`s former glory with new paint, decals etc. but the fear of snapping the forks or cracking a vital tube has me wondering.
Sorry for the long post, any input appreciated!
Other components include 3TTT handle bar and stem, Regina CS-X freewheel, Sedis chain,