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Retro roadies- old frames with STI's or Ergos

Old 11-16-23, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by mr.slick
Tepusquet is amazing. We typically ride Foxen to Alisos and back through Los Alamos, but maybe I can convince the guys to ride up Tep on Saturday. I thought most of the Los Olivos guys went up Fig Mtn. That’s where I’d see Tejay van Garderen riding. That Paramount OS is a beautiful bike. Great build quality
I rode Fig somewhat regularly, but it's just too steep at the beginning to be enjoyable. A good challenge once a month or so. Happy Canyon was great, and Foxen, and many others. But Tepusquet is just a great combination of challenging but still intimate and approachable, with a great view of unpopulated rolling hills from the top.
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Hi, Ski4bob, real nice build, and great paint!

What are those handlebars? They look very comfortable!
they are Chinese knockoffs off of EBay that I like a bunch. Very comfortable and I think they look great. I have these on 2 other bikes, one for 5 years or so and they’ve been a solid performer.
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Old 11-17-23, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by ski4bob
they are Chinese knockoffs off of EBay that I like a bunch. Very comfortable and I think they look great. I have these on 2 other bikes, one for 5 years or so and they’ve been a solid performer.
Thanks! can you share a link?
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Judging by the pic assist, that 64cm looks like a 66cm! Same size as my OS, albeit with less fork rake (I am a bit jealous!). Looks great in that purple!
It might be 66cm. I put the highest conceivable number because it's massive; he's 6'4. Where in Portland are you? I grew up cutting my teeth on Cornell, Skyline, Thompson, and Germantown on the West side.
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Originally Posted by mr.slick
It might be 66cm. I put the highest conceivable number because it's massive; he's 6'4. Where in Portland are you? I grew up cutting my teeth on Cornell, Skyline, Thompson, and Germantown on the West side.
The serial number on the bottom of the bottom bracket shell will tell you everything. Should lead with a 640 or 660. I'm in Yamhill County. Haven't been here for too long, so figuring out good roads to ride (that I don't get run over on). Gorgeous area.
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My latest retro-roadie creation is this 1973 Raleigh Professional.



The custom machined ferrule I got from @oneclick makes the rear derailleur cable behave well with the 5mm British cable stop. I had it out for the first extended ride yesterday and the shifting was excellent.

I'm using a Shimano 105 front derailleur with my otherwise Campy drivetrain. The Campy front derailleur I had with this gruppo was an OS model, and mounted on these standard-sized tubes it wouldn't reach the big ring. The Shimano mech works so well with these shifters that I think I'm going to have to leave it.
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Old 11-21-23, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
My latest retro-roadie creation is this 1973 Raleigh Professional. I'm using a Shimano 105 front derailleur with my otherwise Campy drivetrain. The Campy front derailleur I had with this gruppo was an OS model, and mounted on these standard-sized tubes it wouldn't reach the big ring. The Shimano mech works so well with these shifters that I think I'm going to have to leave it.
With a bike that pretty, I, for one, will allow you this minor transgression. The black (dark gray?) saddle and bars let the frame pop nicely. Clean beautiful build. I really prefer Campy ergos over shimano on 70's retro roadies as having all the cables under the tape just looks cleaner. No shame on Shimano, merely a preference.
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Originally Posted by mhespenheide
I rode Fig somewhat regularly, but it's just too steep at the beginning to be enjoyable. A good challenge once a month or so. Happy Canyon was great, and Foxen, and many others. But Tepusquet is just a great combination of challenging but still intimate and approachable, with a great view of unpopulated rolling hills from the top.
Fig is goofy hard. I ride Foxen, Ballard etc. twice a week or so. You can go up Ballard, go up "dump hill", go way past Fess Parker's and come home via Zaca for a 30+ mile/ 2250+ feet ride and only see maybe 5 cars (I start at 6 or 7ish AM)
Starting in Ballard.
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Originally Posted by romperrr
With a bike that pretty, I, for one, will allow you this minor transgression. The black (dark gray?) saddle and bars let the frame pop nicely. Clean beautiful build. I really prefer Campy ergos over shimano on 70's retro roadies as having all the cables under the tape just looks cleaner. No shame on Shimano, merely a preference.
The bar tape and saddle are a bit lighter shade of gray than they appear in this picture, but I can't seem to take a picture that shows it well. I agree about the Shimano external cable thing. I've got a couple of bikes with the later generations of Shimano after they switched to under the tape cable, but Campy just seems more natural to me. Maybe having to use the brake blade to shift with Shimano is part of it. Also, Shimano abandoned silver components about the same time they put the cables under the tape. And then there's their ugly cranks.

I think it's possible to mix generations of Shimano components to put together something with mostly silver components that isn't ugly and works well. I might need to challenge myself to do that.
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It's been a while, but I don't think I ever posted this build in here. It's a Daccordi Opera, circa 1993 (Genius tubing), with a 10sp Chorus group. The paint is lovely in person:


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Old 11-21-23, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by romperrr
With a bike that pretty, I, for one, will allow you this minor transgression. The black (dark gray?) saddle and bars let the frame pop nicely. Clean beautiful build. I really prefer Campy ergos over shimano on 70's retro roadies as having all the cables under the tape just looks cleaner. No shame on Shimano, merely a preference.
Shimano moved their shift cables under the bar tape over a decade ago.
You have been able to have your cake and eat it too for years now. Huzzah!
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Originally Posted by robertorolfo
It's been a while, but I don't think I ever posted this build in here. It's a Daccordi Opera, circa 1993 (Genius tubing), with a 10sp Chorus group. The paint is lovely in person:


That thing looks like it would rip.
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this may be my favorite thread on BF.
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Originally Posted by ehcoplex
I dunno if my bikes qualify here......
Lovely bikes, but not quite! Those that do qualify have been retro-fitted with modern integrated brake/shift levers (i.e. Campagnolo Ergopower, Shimano STI, etc).

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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988
Lovely bikes, but not quite! Those that do qualify have been retro-fitted with modern integrated brake/shift levers (i.e. Campagnolo Ergopower, Shimano STI, etc).

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Got it. I did see a post or two with bike that had DTs and 'aero' levers, so I thought maybe.....
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Originally Posted by ehcoplex
Got it. I did see a post or two with bike that had DTs and 'aero' levers, so I thought maybe.....
I've been following the thread for several years and there are some that sneak in because many of those certainly are "retro" builds, having modern drivetrains with 9-11 speeds, but I think the original intention of the thread - as clearly indicated in the title - was to show off those integrated levers.

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Originally Posted by billytwosheds
That thing looks like it would rip.
Yes, it's awesome to ride, and definitely fast! The steering geometry is very quick as well though, so you have to stay on top of it.
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OK fine, not a retro frame, as a matter of fact, a completely new frame that one might think is a retro frame (even the panto is new) but at least it has some retro parts


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Wow that Barco is a beauty--- that metallic copper color is excellent. Not a builder I'd heard of before, but judging from their website, they do some nice work. Which frame model is that?
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If I make it to Italy, I want a Barco waiting for me.
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Originally Posted by no67el
Wow that Barco is a beauty--- that metallic copper color is excellent. Not a builder I'd heard of before, but judging from their website, they do some nice work. Which frame model is that?
Yea its a beauty! Its not really any of their models, I think the models are just supposed to work as a starting point since they only do customs and the possibilities are seemingly endless, think we had 10 or so back and forth emails on just style of lugs for the fork I also started the process before they launched that model concept but I guess the closestodel would be GIUSTINA https://www.ciclibarco.it/project/giustina

My understanding ia that they mostly do frames for other brands e.g. cinellis xcr
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80s Shogun Celeste frame (Tange 2) and Sakae Litage fork, repainted, Ultegra 9 speed STI combined with 105 RD and 11 sp crankset. The 38mm slick 650b tires are delivering a super comfortable ride.

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