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Old 05-15-19, 09:36 AM
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1982 Romic Custom Touring - Revitalized

Hi everyone!

I'd like to share some pictures of my 1982/81 Romic. This was a custom frame design for Harley's Cycle Supply in Hutchinson, Kansas. I overhauled most of the original components and had Ed Litton repair one of the rear cantilever bosses.

Parts list:

Frame/Fork: Romic Custom Touring
Tubing: Reynolds 531 all around
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo(?) Record
Stem: Nitto Technomic
Handlebars: Nitto Noodle
Front Rack: Nitto M12
Decaleur: by @gugie
Bag: Gilles Berthoud GB25
Cages: King Cage Iris
Seatpost: 27.2 Campagnolo Super Record
Saddle: Original Brooks Professional from '81
Brake Levers: Cane Creek SCR-5
Pedals: MKS EZY-Superior Touring NEXT
Crankset: Campagnolo Triple with 48, 42 and Jim Merz 31t inner.
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood
Shifters: SunTour Bar-Con's
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Rally with new SOMA bearings.
Front Deraileur: Campagnolo Record 4-hole
Wheelset: Phil Wood hubs, Wolber Super Champion rims, SunTour Perfect FW
Tires: Compass Bon Jon Pass 700x35
Brakes: Shimano MC-70

Here it is the day before Eroica California 2019;



And here are a few more photos before I finished building it back up.











Finally, here are a few scans of some documentation that was handed down by the original owner. Receipts, geometry, pretty cool!









I'm curious about converting to 650b. The cantilever bosses are set up for 27" so braking isn't optimal on 700c wheels. The paint isn't in perfect condition but it's good enough to make me feel bad about ruining it. Any thoughts?

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Old 05-15-19, 09:59 AM
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The old eyes played tricks on me...I thought you were using manly man gears, then I realize oh yes it is a Campy triple...that's a nice touch.
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Converting to 650b would require relocation of the bosses, you'd obviously have to repaint. Those are pretty fat tires you're sporting, going to 650b wouldn't give you that much more width.

If you're not going to use fenders, linear pull brakes should improve braking power significantly.
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Very nice.

You forgot to include front rack, seatpost, saddle, shifters, and headset spec in your list. Inquiring minds want to know!

What size tires did you get in there? 38s?
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Beautiful machine!
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
Very nice.

You forgot to include front rack, seatpost, saddle, shifters, and headset spec in your list. Inquiring minds want to know!

What size tires did you get in there? 38s?
Thanks! Added to the original post

Those are 700x35 Compass Bon Jon Pass tires. They fit just right. I could probably squeeze in 38's but tolerances would be very low.
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Beautiful and and classy machine!!

Iím surprised to see cantis on a tourer this early. Really cool.

Why are you rebuilding it from the Eroica build?

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If you're not going to use fenders, linear pull brakes should improve braking power significantly.
Do you mean V Brakes?

Are there any non-fugly V Brakes?

Iíve read that a lot of the lower profile brakes have better braking power than wide or medium profile brakes- Iím running medium profile MC-70s and low profile XC Pro brakes- I think any difference I feel is mostly in the levers.

Iím in the process of rebuilding a bike- doing XT M732 in the front and XTR M900 in the back!
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Are there any non-fugly V Brakes?

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No.
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No.
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Set.
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There are plenty of nice looking V brakes from the early 90s billet era.

Paul Motolites
Paul Minimotos
Tektro RBPs
Bullseye V's
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There are plenty of nice looking V brakes from the early 90s billet era.

Paul Motolites
Paul Minimotos
Tektro RBPs
Bullseye V's
IRD Widgets


Yeah, I know they stop really well. I've only owned a couple pairs and what got me about them is they were pretty 'grabby' compared to my other brakes. If I had only V brakes, I could have gotten used to the lack of modulation, but since most of my bikes were either standard calipers or cantis, switching back and forth between them and the V's was awkward. Plus I think they're ugly. That's just, like, my opinion, man.
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Originally Posted by The Golden Boy View Post
Beautiful and and classy machine!!

Iím surprised to see cantis on a tourer this early. Really cool.

Why are you rebuilding it from the Eroica build?


Do you mean V Brakes?

Are there any non-fugly V Brakes?

Iíve read that a lot of the lower profile brakes have better braking power than wide or medium profile brakes- Iím running medium profile MC-70s and low profile XC Pro brakes- I think any difference I feel is mostly in the levers.

Iím in the process of rebuilding a bike- doing XT M732 in the front and XTR M900 in the back!
The first picture is after the rebuild. Pictures after it are during the rebuild. Sorry for the confusion!
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Nice build OP, there was one on Seattle CL recently and I had never heard of the brand, (I am not in Kansas -Toto) so thanks for the knowledge.
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That is a beautiful bike OP . Nicely done
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