- Help me find a old high-end road bike in minty condition
In all seriousness, unless you’re after something that ‘looks’ old (i.e. skinny steel), the you’ll find that modern lower-end bikes are probably better. I read Chris Boardman saying that his sub-£1000 bikes are better than the stuff he did the tour on as technology had moved on so much.
If you want something that ‘looks’ old, and I can’t blame you, I love the skinny steel look, you need to be looking at pre-90’s really.Posted 4 years ago
Type 531,853 ,columbus into ebay that will bring up old steel from time immemorial.Then try some of the classic names ,Colnago ,Merckx,Pinarello .Also go onto the London fixed gear single speed site ,go to classifieds and look under ebay finds on craigslists .Some very nice stuff turns up there ,just google LFGSS !Posted 4 years agodiscoduckMember
I would look at a Koga Miyata for a 6 footer plus, there’s a guy on LFGSS that specialises in only these bikes,
Some of the tubing this company used is simply stunning, on some of their 90’s stuff they had barley twist tubing and wishbone rear ends as well as a full Shimano 600 gruppo !
The frame steel was Japenese but the bikes are from the Netherlands
I love them, they did some MTB’s at one time too they are also quite desireable on the Retro Bike site ?
Enjoy,Posted 4 years agoglobaltiMember
With the greatest respect to steel and its devotees; can any steel bike be as stiff torsionally yet compliant vertically as a modern carbon bike like a Roubaix? I doubt it.
I know this is an extreme example but my brother and I once borrowed an old skool skinny steel tandem by a well-known maker and it was terrifying; it felt as if the two of us were sitting at opposite ends of a farm gate.
Great budget road bikes are available from Decathlon. Triban 5 has alloy and carbon and could be upgraded into a really nice ride.Posted 4 years ago
True about budget bikes like the Tribans some of us just like the look of steel and how they feel .I have been thinking about a Triban 5 as its a bargain I know its loads lighter than my 90s Raleigh 531 with 8 speed Campag but I still like the old steel .I suppose its no different to still liking mk2 Golf GTIS compared with modern hot hatchesPosted 4 years agounovoloMember
What ‘Edric 64’ said, although saying that my roadbike is a late 90’s Concorde frame made from Easton elite alu,which is so much smoother compared to my Giant Bowery which is also alu and about 10/12years newer.
A old gas pipe steel frame like the cheaper Raleighs are not going to have a great feel to them compared to a higher end 831 or Columbus framed bike.
I still like skinny tubes for a road bike from a aesthetic but there are a lot of modern bike builders doing some great stuff for a price£.Posted 4 years ago
CTC Whole bike classifieds. They come up all the time.
Forget the classic Italian stuff; go for old-fashioned British. Harry Hall, Roberts, Mercian… Much better value. Since you are looking vintage, 531c is fine but for a bigger rider 653 and above are worth looking for.Posted 4 years agodannybgoodeSubscriber
Wwhathaveisaidnow – whathaveyoudonenow posting that link. Mmmmmmm, some truly lovely frames there.
Can’t beat the look of a proper traditional steel frame IMHO.
Plenty of good advice above about what to look for but that budget is on the low side for a good ‘un.
Danny BPosted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Using Ebay search filters it’s not that hard to find stuff
Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I bought this of here for £110 as a cheep commuter
Added chromoplastics, modern tyres and brake pads, some stiffer wheels and new cables and it’s great 🙂
For you’r height and budget, get a low end cannondale off ebay, 56cm, CAAD4-CAAD8, it’ll probably be 9speed though. Unless you want to use it as a commuter in winter in whcih case get something with mudguard clearance.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
Did you notice the “eg.”?
I’m just saying, that this Typing road bike into ebay just brings up too many hits for a newbie. isn’t strictly true.Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
Rather like that genesis.
I still have my old 531 pug frame road bike from the late 80’s. Mostly sits on the turbo now. Thought it’d be nice to do it up and ride it a bit but compared to today’s bikes it just feels slow and heavy. Some decent wheels and a better group would probably improve things considerably.
I’m sure there are some lovely classics out there that ride brilliantly, but I’d doubt you’d get one for that budget. So as has been said, for that price a modern budget bike would probably be a better ride than an old bike.Posted 4 years ago
The weight thing Is mainly down to lighter modern kit ,unles you go really high end with carbon the steel frame will be a pound or 2 heavier at worst .Its fairly easy to get even 531 sub 20 pound with good kit on .Which is significantly lighter than mine is currentlyPosted 4 years ago
I picked this up for £400 a while back, Columbus SLX tubing, diamante chainstays, mint condition Campy Chorus… Was a proper bargain and is a very sweet bike to ride, fits me perfectly
I know- I remember your first post on the bike. I was very envious. This sort of thing would be heaven.Posted 4 years agomrblobbyMember
The weight thing Is mainly down to lighter modern kit ,unles you go really high end with carbon the steel frame will be a pound or 2 heavier at worst .Its fairly easy to get even 531 sub 20 pound with good kit on .Which is significantly lighter than mine is currently
Yup reckon this is true, though it can get expensive quickly and there may be limits. I found most of the weight to be in the components on mine (BB and cranks for example will likely weigh a tonne if they are original.) Then there’s the wheels. Then there are things like seat post (which might be some weird old standard diameter and really limit choice of lighter replacement) and saddle. Then there’s quill stem and bars.
I did work out that I could get my old 531 well under 20 lbs, though it would have cost me a few hundred quid to do so (wheelset, chainset and BB, etc.)
Oh and depending on the frame you may need to spread it to take a modern rear wheel. Not really a problem but you may need to do some hanger bending to get indexing on the shifting working properly.Posted 4 years ago
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