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Retro roadies- old frames with STI's or Ergos

Old 04-19-24, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Alleytom
All that's left of the original bike is the 50 year old frame, crank, handlebars and front derailleur. It's a very nice ride along the canals.

I liked that comment about the tire selection! What are they?
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Old 04-19-24, 10:41 AM
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Crap pic, but ....
1990 Gios Compact. Oria KK tubes, all Ultegra 2x9, missing some graphics and shabby paint but super ride. Deserves some spiffing up. Most definitely a keeper.

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Panaracer Gravelking 700x38, SK on the front, SS on the rear
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Just completed this for my son.
88 bianchi with Dura ace 7700, a 7400 crank for that vintage look and some mavic One light wheels. Rides smooth
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86 bianchi full dura ace 7800 triple

Here is my pride and joy. One above is my sons new rig. Heres mine. 88 Bianchi full Dura ace 7800
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My latest retro-roadie project is a classic early'80s Picchio Special. In keeping with my passion for retro-modern builds, this bike features a balanced blend of components. It’s equipped with an 11-speed Campagnolo drivetrain, including Super Record shifters, rear derailleur, and seatpost. The setup is complemented by an 11-speed Athena crankset and front derailleur, along with a 10-speed Athena brake set for reliable stopping power. A Record headset ensures smooth steering.

For the finishing touches on my retro-roadie, I selected a sleek black anodized 3ttt stem and handlebars from my stash of parts, which I’ve meticulously wrapped in Leh leather bar tape. The Acorn bar tape features an elegant stitched and perforated design, providing both comfort and a touch of sophistication. This choice harmoniously complements the brown Repente Artax saddle, creating a cohesive and stylish aesthetic that nods to both tradition and modernity.

The wheels are a true highlight, crafted with 9-speed Record Titanium hubs and H Plus Son Archetype rims, polished to a mirror finish. They’re wrapped in 28mm Continental GP5000 tires for a perfect balance of speed and comfort. This build not only pays homage to cycling’s golden era but also delivers modern performance.





Behind the Picchio is one of my previous builds, a ‘91 Zullo SLX with 11-speed Athena, 10-speed Chorus hubs and H Plus Sons Archetype rims.

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Originally Posted by shuru421
Very nice! Everyone has different preferences for what they consider aesthetically pleasing. Some even view modern groupsets on vintage frames as sacrilegious. Personally, Iím not that extreme and appreciate both original bikes and those that have been upgraded over time.

However, I tend to lean toward keeping components silver. This choice aligns with the more traditional aesthetics of the heyday of modern cycling. In most of my retro-mods, Iíve followed this approach. The exception is my Tesch, which features all black components. Somebody called it being murdered out. Surprisingly, this unconventional combination works brilliantly for both my Tesch and your Merckx. Maybe itís the red paint?!!!


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Just finished up this Diamondback Interval TG for my son. He just wanted to get away from downtubes and wanted the adaptability of changing stems. Not really a fan of the quill adapters myself. Just used a set of the Micronew inexpensive 7 speed shifters, but they work just fine. Fun ride.
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid
Very nice! Everyone has different preferences for what they consider aesthetically pleasing. Some even view modern groupsets on vintage frames as sacrilegious. Personally, Iím not that extreme and appreciate both original bikes and those that have been upgraded over time.

However, I tend to lean toward keeping components silver. This choice aligns with the more traditional aesthetics of the heyday of modern cycling. In most of my retro-mods, Iíve followed this approach. The exception is my Tesch, which features all black components. Somebody called it being murdered out. Surprisingly, this unconventional combination works brilliantly for both my Tesch and your Merckx. Maybe itís the red paint?!!!


I generally with keeping stuff period correct (silver), but that bike is gorgeous!
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Originally Posted by PromptCritical
I generally with keeping stuff period correct (silver), but that bike is gorgeous!
Thanks! I can be having the roughest day but it puts a smile on my face every time I swing a log over it.
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid
Very nice! Everyone has different preferences for what they consider aesthetically pleasing. Some even view modern groupsets on vintage frames as sacrilegious. Personally, Iím not that extreme and appreciate both original bikes and those that have been upgraded over time.

However, I tend to lean toward keeping components silver. This choice aligns with the more traditional aesthetics of the heyday of modern cycling. In most of my retro-mods, Iíve followed this approach. The exception is my Tesch, which features all black components. Somebody called it being murdered out. Surprisingly, this unconventional combination works brilliantly for both my Tesch and your Merckx. Maybe itís the red paint?!!!


Nice Tesch! Theres a local here selling a green one! How do those ride?? Its the S-22 correct?

Lolll maybe its the red/black combo.

I appreciate steel bikes and 95% of the ones Ive owned ran 8 speed ONLY (Campagnolo/Shimano), but its truly undeniable when you compare how much lighter new groupsets are compared to those of 8/9 speed groupsets from that era, Im no 'weight-weenie' in anyway, just speaking in terms of facts. I love my bikes and will outfit them with newer tech over time if it makes sense for me to do so. Performance wise, 8 or 11spd, I like them both!
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Old 05-19-24, 04:30 PM
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My mid 90's Concorde Prestige already had 6400 STI shifters and drivetrain but I thought it could use an update:

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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid
Very nice! Everyone has different preferences for what they consider aesthetically pleasing. Some even view modern groupsets on vintage frames as sacrilegious. Personally, Iím not that extreme and appreciate both original bikes and those that have been upgraded over time.

However, I tend to lean toward keeping components silver. This choice aligns with the more traditional aesthetics of the heyday of modern cycling. In most of my retro-mods, Iíve followed this approach. The exception is my Tesch, which features all black components. Somebody called it being murdered out. Surprisingly, this unconventional combination works brilliantly for both my Tesch and your Merckx. Maybe itís the red paint?!!!

I think black components go really well with red or bright yellow frames. But I understand your point about the classic look of silver components, although I suspect that was more about efficient manufacturing (and maybe manufacturing capability) and universal adaptability than it was about aesthetics. A trend developed and it stuck in our consciousness. Itís like if you restore a Model T, youíre not going to paint it candy apple green. But if you hot rod it . . .
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Originally Posted by shuru421
Nice Tesch! Theres a local here selling a green one! How do those ride?? Its the S-22 correct?

Lolll maybe its the red/black combo.

I appreciate steel bikes and 95% of the ones Ive owned ran 8 speed ONLY (Campagnolo/Shimano), but its truly undeniable when you compare how much lighter new groupsets are compared to those of 8/9 speed groupsets from that era, Im no 'weight-weenie' in anyway, just speaking in terms of facts. I love my bikes and will outfit them with newer tech over time if it makes sense for me to do so. Performance wise, 8 or 11spd, I like them both!
Thanks, the Tesch with the True Temper S-22 tubing is a very different ride than any of my other vintage steel bikes, the rest of which are some type of Columbus standard sized tubing. The S-22 geometry is very aggressive and produces a very fast handling bike. The oversized tubing gives a much stiffer frame and power transfer is must better than the SL or SLX tubing but is surprisingly not uncomfortable. I love it. I originally built it up with Dura-Ace 8-speed 7410 after I restored it. Weight difference was not even a factor in my decision to go 11-speed. Like most of my other bikes in regular rotation, once I started riding Campy 11-speed, I found it more enjoyable and slowly have been converting over those bikes that werenít already at least DA 9-speed. The controllers on this generation and the 12-speed just seem to fit my hands better than Shimano and SRAM. My 91 Team Miyata is 9-speed DA 7700 and my 95 Titanium Quattro Assi is mostly 10-speed DA 7800 both of which a joy to ride. My 2004 BMC SLT01 is running 10-speed SRAM Red and I will be rebuilding it later in the year with Campy 12-speed SR and Record.
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Originally Posted by BMC_Kid
Thanks, the Tesch with the True Temper S-22 tubing is a very different ride than any of my other vintage steel bikes, the rest of which are some type of Columbus standard sized tubing. The S-22 geometry is very aggressive and produces a very fast handling bike. The oversized tubing gives a much stiffer frame and power transfer is must better than the SL or SLX tubing but is surprisingly not uncomfortable. I love it. I originally built it up with Dura-Ace 8-speed 7410 after I restored it. Weight difference was not even a factor in my decision to go 11-speed. Like most of my other bikes in regular rotation, once I started riding Campy 11-speed, I found it more enjoyable and slowly have been converting over those bikes that werenít already at least DA 9-speed. The controllers on this generation and the 12-speed just seem to fit my hands better than Shimano and SRAM. My 91 Team Miyata is 9-speed DA 7700 and my 95 Titanium Quattro Assi is mostly 10-speed DA 7800 both of which a joy to ride. My 2004 BMC SLT01 is running 10-speed SRAM Red and I will be rebuilding it later in the year with Campy 12-speed SR and Record.
Yup, sounds about right.
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