As per the Shopping Thread, I scored a circa 1984 Columbus SLX frame on eBay made by Rob Stowe, who was a master builder for Serrotta and Terry Cycles back in the day. Since hardly anyone has heard of him, I got it for a song.
I just finished building it up with parts from my old Trek 2120.
Paint is original. Bunged up in some spots but the overall effect is nice.
Nothing fancy, but excellent clean lugwork throughout.
In keeping with the 80's vibe I had to locate some white brake cable housing. High quality STI shift housing is harder to get in anything but black or grey so I stuck with the existing Campy shift cables. I am especially proud to have found one of those goofy color coordinating lycra seat covers to go over my Selle San Marco Rolls saddle. They were everywhere in the 80's and early 90's in all sorts of colors but I thought that they went extinct.
So how does it ride? I do like it. It's is obviously way heavier and slower and less stiff than my Look 565, but it is very comfortable, stable, smooth and solid feeling. I will definitely be talking this on local and coastal rides for a change of pace. Palomar? Mullholland Challenge? Not so much. While I have owned low quality steel bikes in the past, this is for me the first fair test of why some people still swear by good steel. I can see their point. I would expect a newer steel frame made of more modern, lighter weight steels to be even better.
I will be riding this on the Burrito Century. I figure that's a fairly low risk opportunity to see how it does on longer distances.