an old bike frame made it's way home.
At the time it was not the wisest choice.
Money was tight as usual,
and did I really need another rusty project?
On top of that,
my stash of worthy vintage road bike parts
had already been used up.
I've fallen into the eBay search frenzy,
only online poker is more addicting.
Ahh I'll just clean up the frame a little,
later on throw together a cool beater...
Sure you may be overwhelmed with multiple long term projects,
all the more reason to get a quick win.
There's that satisfaction of completion,
a treat when other projects seem so distant.
Would focusing that energy been better towards the hot rods?
In this case not really,
most of the tinkering was done in the sleepless nights.
A side benefit was the decluttering,
as pieces of partial projects gave way to the missing links.
There's no way I could have completed this
without sacrificing a few hoarded jewels.
Over the long weekend I realized the last part not collected was the chain,
the only thing bought new!
A Saturday night was spent fitting the cables,
adjusting the brakes and shifters.
All this stuff had been lying around for weeks!
Notice the suicide shift Simplex front derailleur,
similar era as the frame and fork.
The other parts are mainly beat up 70's European brands,
polished or drilliumed to look presentable.
Campagnolo, Roto, Brooks, Ava, Balilla...
I did concede to Shimano for the brakes,
as the again 70's dura-ace calipers,
were a knockoff of the weinmann style,
with a bit more precision.
Definitely a budget build other than the wheels.
Today was the first long ride for this frame.
Solid, smooth and quiet.
I loved the front shifter mechanism
and the cut-down Brooks saddle was more comfortable than it looks!
The fork rake definitely makes for a stable ride,
and at 21 lbs the Reynolds 531 tubing did not feel 66 years old.
Now time to button up the hack-work,
swap out some of the incorrect parts,
and put some miles on it.
Maybe take to the L'eroica California ride this April.
Now go find yourself a little project!