- Old school lugged steel bikes
My road bike is a lugged steel frame – Columbus ELO tubing.
Obsolete by today’s standards – certainly in terms of weight anyway. Handling is nervous, skittish and fast – needs confidence to drive it properly… certainly not “dead” feeling.
Doing a 100 miler on it in a few weeks, a first, and will be riding with folks on more modern exotica. Will be interested to see how it goes – almost certainly likely to cement whether I “regress” to do more of a mix of road / mtb, and whether I convince myself to buy a new road bike
Posted 5 years agoTiRedMember
Like the guy drinking the coffee, I wouldn’t care what the style police were thinking. He was riding bikes before they were trendy, and will be riding them after. The same bike. That is cool.
And I have a lugged steel track bike, and it looks a LOT nicer than my welded steel Kona. But fillet braising is also very nice. In fact small tubes always look better.Posted 5 years agocompositeproMember
i think theres been some error in communication with the new breed and the old breed
a custom builder built what you wanted to fit your body, not brazed to gether a load of off the shelf items painted it a **** niche colour and charged you through the **** nose for itPosted 5 years agotonyg2003Subscriber
I have two Dave Yates steel roadbikes. A lugged 653 bike with skinny tubes and an 853 fillet brazed bike, both made for me years ago. The skinny 653 bike is super comfy to ride and having been recently resprayed gets lots of attention. The 853 bike ins’t as showy but rides very nicely too. Ditching the steel forks for carbon ones makes a huge difference to the weight. I like to ride them as a alternative to my super stiff carbon road bike.Posted 5 years agomtMember
Lugs can look really nicely retro on a new frame with modern kit. Have a look on the Colnago site, they are selling steel frames againt. Loads of chrome and 70’s colours, fantastic.
I think the Mona Lisa is a crap painting but am happy that others think it’s great. Each to there own.Posted 5 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
A thin tubed, lugged steel frame is a thing of beauty.
A hydroformed, TIG welded alloy frame looks like the end product of a hyperactive 10 year old’s science project and is a sign that both the designer and owner are attempting to compensate for some inherent character flaw. 🙂Posted 5 years ago
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