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Old 03-11-18, 07:01 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by ericjd View Post
Are there other reasons though to prefer a recent make bike over this old steed?
While you can get a new bike that would be perfectly adequate for randonneuring for around $1,500, I suspect you will end up spending more on your project, so there’s that. But you can’t get a new steel frame like the one you are looking at for $400 either.

The other thing to consider is if you’ll like it when it’s done. The 650b conversion route has a lot of appeal and plenty of fans, but I’ve met enough people who tried 650b then went back to 700c that it makes me apprehensive to undertake such a project myself. That said, the Grand Jubile is a good candidate if you want to go that route.
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