Finally taking the plunge after a year learning to cycle again.
I can now do 20 miles a day without any discomfort on an old heavy steal framed bike with drops.
Next week I will go and see a framemaker and have a nice steal bike made with traditional geometry and fairly high drop handlebars. I am tall with long legs so starin to get a good fit on bikes that expect you to ride upside down.
Something like this by Robin Mather
but with a triple chainwheel, of course and a quill stem with shorter reach.
Now which groupset? 105 or Veloce?
I am told that since I have never used anything but downtube shifters I will quickly adapt to either ergo or STI levers. The Campag/Shimano arguments don't interest me, but the correct choice is difficult. I have had my hands on both hoods and can't really decide. Like any consumer goods, you don't realy know till you have been separated from your money for a few weeks!
The STIs look superficially more suited to my hand size and their twin lever approach seems more simple, but when I look at how I ride with my hands constantly moving all over the whole lenght of the bars it seems to me that the thumb shifters might be an advantage. I will have bar top brake levers as well. With the lesser reach of the campag geometry and the thumb levers close to the tops I might have control more flexibly distributed around the whole bars.