Re: [CR]using classic bicycles

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Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 15:54:29 EDT
Subject: Re: [CR]using classic bicycles

In a message dated 5/9/02 12:10:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

> if you can show me how to retro-fit modern wheels and
> the appropriate gear system on a 70s classic frame without
> adulterating it, then i'd say, "fair enough. the old iron would
> suffice." but...

I spread the rear triangles of my steel frames from 120 or 126 to 130mm, if necessary, then realign everything and put modern wheels on. I wish I did not have to do this, but with steel and care it has so far been perfectly functional. I am not sure how this would "adulturate" a frame, since I could still squeeze it back together once and make a wall-hanging for some collector with it, couldn't I ?

I consider realigning misaligned frames to be about the same, functionally, as changing the rear spacing slightly. You realign misaligned frames, don't you, even crash-damaged stuff ? I wouldn't do this with Ti/Carbon/Aluminium frames, but that's not the issue here, for me. Am I "adulturating" my 1973 Raleigh Pro frame by running 130mm wide Shimano 8-speed STI-compatible freehub wheels on it ???

I do use a period-correct Weyless ti water bottle cage on it (thanks to Ken) ! :-)

Ride to live, collect to ride.

Glenn Jordan - Durham, NC