Brian Rourke Bike

lesz42
lesz42 Posts: 690
edited August 2012 in Road general
got a Brian Rourke framed road, 16 speed double, shifters on the down tube, campagnolo brakes


weighs in at about 23lb, compared to more modern bikes ranging upto about £500, what am i missing?
Giant Trance X0 (08) Reverb, Hope Hoops 5.1D, XT brakes, RQ BC, Works Components headset 1.5

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  • lakeland
    lakeland Posts: 76
    Your hair? :wink:
  • Wirral_paul
    Wirral_paul Posts: 2,476
    edited August 2012
    Not much - and i'd bet your Brian Rourke frame is a more comfortable bike to ride.

    If you wanted to go to STI / Ergo levers, then you can buy adapters for the frame.

    FS1069.jpg
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,230
    Fit some decent light tyres and enjoy...
    A 1980s bike weighs around 20-22 pounds... I still drop most of the other road users on any climb...
    left the forum March 2023
  • lesz42
    lesz42 Posts: 690
    hey thanks!

    am really thinking of getting some combined levers! just got some conti ultrasport tyres at the mo


    never again! lol was a real mare to fit them, at the end involved zip ties and almost 2 broken thumbs :cry:
    Giant Trance X0 (08) Reverb, Hope Hoops 5.1D, XT brakes, RQ BC, Works Components headset 1.5
  • rolf_f
    rolf_f Posts: 16,015
    lesz42 wrote:
    hey thanks!

    am really thinking of getting some combined levers! just got some conti ultrasport tyres at the mo

    Why? Do you know the one place where combined shift/brake levers really help? When you get caught out on a sudden climb and find yourself in the wrong chainring when you are already standing out of the saddle and already moving slowly. Then you will miss the modern brake/shifter.

    Aside from that time, you can remind yourself that your DT shifters are lighter, simpler, more reliable, vastly cheaper in the unlikely event that one does break, better looking and more fun than modern shifters.
    Faster than a tent.......
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,230
    Rolf F wrote:
    lesz42 wrote:
    hey thanks!

    am really thinking of getting some combined levers! just got some conti ultrasport tyres at the mo

    Why? Do you know the one place where combined shift/brake levers really help? When you get caught out on a sudden climb and find yourself in the wrong chainring when you are already standing out of the saddle and already moving slowly. Then you will miss the modern brake/shifter.

    Aside from that time, you can remind yourself that your DT shifters are lighter, simpler, more reliable, vastly cheaper in the unlikely event that one does break, better looking and more fun than modern shifters.


    Indeed... and when you get caught out in that scenario a gear shift might result in a broken chain or worse... better to reverse, change ring and go up again
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  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,230
    Not much - and i'd bet your Brian Rourke frame is a more comfortable bike to ride.

    If you wanted to go to STI / Ergo levers, then you can buy adapters for the frame.

    FS1069.jpg

    Old BR frames are very sought after, if you are planning to do a Frankenstein with ugly SRAM levers or worse, maybe it's worth considering selling it to someone who appreciates the old school and buy a Ribble alloy bike with modern setup... money wise you might even go on-pair if it's a good Brian Rourke
    left the forum March 2023