Originally Posted by fireworks
Which is smarter to start with?
I'm think that it makes more sense to spend the money on the frame and fork than the other way around.
I did it that way once. I got a top-of-the-line Bianchi frame/fork from a racer friend who had finally taken delivery of an Eisentraut. So, with my first Italian road frame in hand, I started building!
First came the Nuovo Record headset to connect the two pieces.
Then the wheels, handlebar & stem, seat and post.
Now I could coast around on it with my feet on the BB shell. Weeeee!
That was the first year...
FF 2.5 years.
I get a letter from a friend who's husband got stationed in Germany.
"p.s. Campagnolo parts are really cheap here!"
Within 2 months the boxes arrived. ALL Super Record and speced exactly the way I wanted.
172.5 cranks w/42-53. Titanium BB spindle and ti pedal spindle, as well as ti brake bolts.
End result? I got a BEAUTIFUL Italian steed for about $800. (retail for the bike new = $2,000 in 1980)
It only took 4 years. (finished in 1984)
But I swore when I got it, that I would NEVER put crappy parts on it.
In fact, most of those parts are currently on my Colnago.
That was the exception. Usually I find nice old bikes for really cheap and then upgrade the worst components first.
So it really depends...are you building a "nice" bike, or a "dream machine"?