Please share your photos and ideas for building a modern bike with a "vintage" look.
A photo of my bike is attached below. More and better quality pictures can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/7645270...oto_7569137368 . (I could not figure out how to attach a picture much larger than a thumbnail to this post, so please forgive the small image size posted below.)
Finishing and component specifics for my 2011 Mercian Strada Speciale ( http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/ ):
FINISHING AND COSMETICS
Frame - Reynolds 853 with Reynolds 631 forks and stays
Frame Color – No. 1 Emerald Green Flamboyant
Head Tube, Seat Tube Panel, and Bands – No. 7 Ruby Flamboyant lined with No. 10 Gold Polychromatic.
Lug Lining – No. 10 Gold Polychromatic. Cast Clover Leaf Cutouts and Fork Crown Cutouts filled with No. 7 Ruby Flamboyant and Lined with No. 10 Gold Polychromatic.
Down Tube – Gold Gothic Text Transfer
Head Tube – Mercian Headbadge
Seat Tube – Crest Transfer
Top of Seat Tube – 853 Tubing Transfer
Brake Guides – 3 Through Guides on Lower Left-Hand Side
Rear Dropouts – Vertical
Geometry - Custom
Full Campagnolo Athena 11s silver alloy gruppo
Campagnolo Record alloy threaded headset
Campagnolo quick release skewers
White Industries H2 and H3 hubs (Front-32H and Rear-36H)
D/T Swiss Competition double butted spokes and Pro Lock brass nipples in Black Color
Mavic Open Pro rims in Silver Color
Schwalbe Ultremo DD 700 x 23C tires
Schwalbe SV15 40mm butyl inner tubes
Nitto S-83 seatpost
Nitto Technomic stem
Nitto M190 Euro 80 handlebar
Nitto Bottle Cage R
MKS Prime Sylvan Touring Pedals (Silver Color)
MKS Super Deep Steel Toeclips
MKS Spin-II Pedal Flips
Brooks B15 Swallow Chrome Saddle in Honey Color
Brooks Leather Bar Tape in Honey Color (with oil finish on wood plugs)
Brooks Toe Straps in Honey Color
Zimbale Leather Saddlebag in Honey Color
Jagwire Tube Tops rubber cable/frame protectors
** The Zimbale Leather Saddlebag is just the right size to hold a Lezyne Pressure Drive mini pump, an inner tube, and some tire patch supplies and still maintain the leather and steel retro look. ( http://www.zimbale.com/Front/Product...isplay_group=1 )
Also, I did put a light colored oil finish on the Brooks handlebar plugs before the bike was assembled because I did not like the look of raw unfinished wood.
Finally, a couple of somewhat unusual features of the bike include:
(1) the Nitto M190 Euro 80 handlebar, which I had to order from Alex's Cycle in Japan. This handlebar is compatible with European brake levers and has a second groove for Campy Ergopower cables. The curve is slightly different on this Nitto bar as compared to the Nitto STI bars for Shimano levers, and it flows better into the Campy controls. ( http://www.alexscycle.com/handlebars...0-euro-80.html )
(2) the three through guides on the lower left side of the top tube. These guides allowed the use of a full-length shielded rear brake cable which resulted in a nice feel when working the rear brake, less chance of something gumming up the rear brake cable, better alignment with the modern cable routing of the Ergopower controls, and a somewhat retro look of a completely shielded rear brake cable.