I'm an avid racer and mountainbiker and for this summer i want to venture in to the world of trekking. My budget is somewhat limited and for sentimental reasons I want to build a trekking bike by using an old school steel race frame as the basis. I’m sure to want a brooks saddle and lots of leather where possible. I'm technically competent but I have absolute no experience with old bikes. I hope you guys can help me with a few things to get me started.
And Just for reference sake, the trip will be roughly 5000km. From Holland to the Balkans and back. I’m pretty light (65km x 177cm) and in good condition. I want to pack light camping gear, clothing, gear, medkid and all the other typical stuff (I’ve done some resreach). So I’ll be looking at a rear reck for sure and some form of front rack. A Carradice would be great but I doubt that’ll be enough.
Naturally I’d want to strip the frame and rebuild it. Wheels will be very important and I wont spare expensive on that, I might buy new. Suggestions are welcome but this is something for phase 2 of my build. I want to maintain the classic components as much as possible but the bottom bracket and drive train will undoubtedly be replaced where needed, for better ratios and durability. This will depend on what I buy. Same goes for the brakes.
So, for now:
Phase 1 will be finding a very decent, strong and proven classic steel frame but I don’t know where to begin looking, or at what? What are the usual suspects here? Which frames do trekkers prefer when it comes to steel race frames? What do I have to keep a lookout for, where do I start looking ( dont mean which website or dealer, but more, what sort of frames should I be looking)?
Thank you, I hope you can support as this project continues.
Bikes like these serve me as inspiration: