Congratulations on your new bike, David. At this point, the way to proceed depends on which of the infinite number of possible fantasies turns your crank. The "period correct" thing to do is to use 21st century components. On the other hand, if you fancy a 1930s bike, a 1940s bike, a 1950s bike etc. ad nauseum, use components historically correct for the selected period. Finally, if you consider the Bates solely as "rolling artwork" you are limited only by your artistic judgment. Use components of any age specifically chosen to complement the design and to achieve your artistic objectives.
Martin Needleman Annapolis, MD
David Novoselsky wrote:
> My new Bates just arrived (thank you Martin, it is great looking) and now, the issue of how to build it. I could go modern (Campy Record/Chorus) or use the NR group I have on hand or, here is a thought, I acquired a near perfect Campy 50th Ann group on a generic early 80s frame that is little used/practically new for a price so low that the group was a steal. The frame it is now afixed to is nice, but nothing that really lights my fire. Would I be wacko to put the 50th on the Bates, or should I go 'modern' or ????
> I know ithe Bates is a 'new build' and know the debate that took place a few eons ago on this group and elsewhere on whether these Ron Cooper/Coopland bikes are 'real' Bates. I really don't care, it sure looks great and I am very pleased with it. Just want some input on your thoughts on what mechanicals to put on this bit of rolling artwork.
> Dave Novoselsky
> Chicago Illinois