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New Old Steel Beauty!!

LigLig Posts: 178
edited July 2010 in Your road bikes
Hi all,

Just built up this Steely....Done a quick test ride and it rides suprisingly nice!!

Frame from around late 80s - Columbus SL tubes.
NOS Campy Chorus headset and seatpost.
11 Speed Athena Group
Old Record Delta brakes (had to be done)!
Campag Zonda Wheels....





  • wickedwicked Posts: 844
    A classic! Loving the colour 8)

    There is something about the old steel tube frames, they just look so classic and pure. I wonder if any of the carbon frames around now will look so good in 10-20 years time?
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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,658
    nice not sure about the deltas thou

    prefer the new athenas

    best bike on here for ages
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  • LigLig Posts: 178
    Cheers Guys,

    W - The colour if fab really deep red metallic - it was a real find on eBay - and just my size!! I know what you mean about the classic look, i think its to do with the horizontal (non sloping) top tube and the thin tubes......I think the Carbon frames will look classic, if you look at the early Trek OCLV ones, they already look pretty dated/retro?!

    M - 'Best bike on here for ages' - I like that thanks!! I know what you mean about the Deltas, they just seem to suit the frame but I may swap them for the Athenas (I did buy the group set so I have them waiting)!! It will probably be a good Kilo lighter if I swap them also :D

  • cameronecamerone Posts: 1,232
    looks beautiful.
    loving the chrome tops to the forks.
    dont ditch the brakes, they look great and give the bike a 'from the era' look, i remember Fignon using them in the tour c1989
  • rakerake Posts: 3,281
    those brake look very nice but dont they cease to operate when the pads wear down. be carefull.
  • LigLig Posts: 178
    Cheers Rake,

    I will look into this but I think you could be right!!

  • LazyBoycpLazyBoycp Posts: 320
    Mmm, very nice. Seem to remember lusting after a Colnago in that colour recently.
  • LigLig Posts: 178
    Cheers Lazyboy,

    The Colnagos in 'Seroni' do look nice, but you do pay a premium for the brand. I got this frame off eBay for £300. A Colnago in good condition would go for £600 minimum!!! I also like the BASSO brand, a bit more rare than Colnago.

  • pbt150pbt150 Posts: 338
    I love that paintwork! Looks like a great bike. There definitely is something timeless about those old steel bikes that today's bikes don't have. In 20 years' time the Madones and Tarmacs of today will look quite dated I feel.
  • carl_pcarl_p Posts: 982
    Beautiful bike. Nice build.

    Sounds as though you were lucky with the size. I built up an Olmo frame, took ages, only to find it was too small. Steeleys can be diificult to size.

    How much did you pay for the frame if you don't mind me asking?
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  • ratsbeyfusratsbeyfus Posts: 2,841
    That's a gorgeous looking bike... it reminds me of the kind of bike I lusted after as a teenager. The brake callipers are fantastic... and it's red! All 'racers' should be red - unless they are raleigh bananas or bianchis.

    I had one of them red bikes but I don't any more. Sad face.

  • themightywthemightyw Posts: 409
    That's a great wee bike! Maybe it's just me, but I'd probably remove the decals from the wheels just to make it look a little less 'busy' and more traditional, but she's a beauty!
  • Perfect. Just perfect. All Italian thoroughbred with the best of both the old (floaty steel) and the new (lighter, more reliable components). That's my fave colour too, magenta-ish, bet it looks better in the flesh too.

    That said, brakes looks fab, never seen those before.

    Are you able to find any Campy pedals? And you could def get a more retro saddle, but these are both contact points so no point if it's not comfy.

    Amazing chrome work on the chainstays.

    Hope you keep this beauty locked up well mate...
  • leeroy72leeroy72 Posts: 330
    Beautiful... 8)
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  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    That is simply gorgeous, well done. I have a steelie on the "fleet" myself, but it's nowhere near as nice as that! - Quality Binoculars at a Sensible Price.
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