So I've been commuting on this for a while now, and I'm finally getting around to sharing. As many of you know a college campus is a relatively dangerous place to leave a bicycle, and as such, it's common place to ride beaters around. I happen to have a 4-6 mile commute each way(depending on routes), and I often like to take the detours, long routes, spontaneous rides and I don't want a beater! So my idea was to find a nice lightweight steel bike in good structural condition but with a less than appealing exterior, hang some nice components on it, and lock it up with confidence. The results, I think, are great. On campus it blends in, and even looks like a lesser bike, than the abundance of Schwinns and heavy Japanese boomer bikes.
The frame came to me by way of RobE30 through a trade, and most of the components I had laying around. In fact, everything was pretty much laying around or pulled of other projects.
The frame is a '78 Raleigh Competition GS, Araya red label 700c wheels, Sugino AT triple (currently not using the small chainring), Superbe Pro FD and long cage RD, a perfectly unattractive Brooks pro, Nitto noodles with leftover bar tape, etc.
It rides great, and I just love the patina. The rust is only on the surface, something must have happened to the paint at some point, but the results suit my needs perfectly. The only thing it really leaves me wanting is fatter tires.