I'm into road and mountain biking, probably more so road these days. I ride a carbon Fuji on the road and mess about with a few mountain bikes off road. My main reason for joining the forum is because I'm experiencing a strange attraction to old steel bikes. I've tried to fight it but it's no good. I think I may be in trouble.
It all started when I acquired (totally by accident) two tatty old bikes. I quite fancied the idea of having a winter training bike, and these two are both exactly my size and will fit mudguards (which my fuji won't)
At this point I knew nothing about old bikes at all, so I was quite pleased when one of then turned out to be a Mercian with almost full Dura-ace kit on it. Did I mention EXACTLY my size? This one is no problem - I will fully restore it to original spec including a new Mercian paint job.
This leaves the second one as the winter hack. This is where I have some questions! I've ridden it a bit and it's really nice but I don't think it's particularly hi-spec, but I would like to know the model, age and frame metal. I've tried to match numbers and frame decals etc but I'm just getting more confused. Can anyone help? Frame number is Y80922187 (on bottom bracket) and the white label says PE10 VGB542R 60012276 2965.
The rear brake cable runs inside the top tube. I have hopefully attached a couple of piccies. Currently it's 14 speed with sis shifters on the tube but I'm thinking of adding 105 brifters(?) and an old ultegra rear deraillieur with more gears but I might just leave it as it is. Any thoughts?