Old 01-29-19, 03:39 PM
  #52  
sykerocker 
Senior Member
 
sykerocker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Ashland, VA
Posts: 4,096

Bikes: The keepers: 1958 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix, 1968 Ranger, 1969 Magneet Sprint, 1971 Gitane Tour de France, 1973 Raleigh Tourist, 1973 Lambert, 1973 Schwinn Super Sport, 3 - 1986 Rossins, and a '77 PX-10 frame to be built.

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 91 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 13 Times in 10 Posts
I've got a sliding scale of what I'm willing to do restoring a bike:

1. If it's pre-Bike Boom, the standard is factory original only. Period. I figure those bikes are rare enough to begin with, so I prefer to show them as they were originally built. Where I haven't come up with the proper parts yet, I'll substitute something that's period correct for the build year of the bike, or 2-3 years newer.

2. Seventies into the Eighties bikes, depending on my mood are either built to factory original or alternately something that would be an upgrade on a 3-5 year old bike back then.

3. Newer than that, pretty much anything goes, but given that I don't own anything more modern than my one bike with 7-speed Shimano RSX and brifters (an early 90's Diamondback), I usually end up staying pretty much within the age of the frame. Sold off my collection of brifterd bikes before leaving Montpelier, and the most modern I had back then was an aluminum/carbon Fuji with 9-speed Ultegra. Found I was enjoying riding the Rossins much more.

I've got no problem with putting modern state-of-the-art 11-speed on a vintage frame . . . . . . . . . except that costs too much money for my wallet, and given my riding abilities, it's not money well spent. 6-speed Shimano with downtube indexed shifters is still the sweet spot for me. Although, assuming I find a fourth Rossin RL 56cm frame, I'd be tempted to build it up totally modern just to see how it felt.
__________________
Syke

"No wonder we keep testing positive in their bicycle races. Everyone looks like they're full of testosterone when they're surrounded by Frenchmen." ---Argus Hamilton

Last edited by sykerocker; 01-29-19 at 08:04 PM. Reason: Spell checking
sykerocker is offline