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  • My 1984 King of Mercia current and before purchase. My entrance to the rabbit hole...


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  • Great thread and some inspiring builds, thank you!

    Here's mine. A 23" Strada Speciale I was lucky enough to win on eBay. The previous owner, who had ordered the frame, didn't get round to building it.

    Sorry the photos aren't great, have only just built it up.

    Build is mostly 10 speed Chorus, with 10s OS Record hubs on Open Pros. Cockpit is Nitto M106 / Pearl stem. It has a Flite saddle ready to go on.

    The chainset and FD are the 2006 compact square taper Campag one. I think it suits the bike more than the newer UT / PT ones and less faff.


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  • Lovely colour scheme.
    Here’s my pro lugless with its matching Brodie mtb twin:


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  • Does the Strada Speciale have cloverleaf lug cutouts like BITD?

  • @midlife yes it does.

    To be honest, although it’s a pretty bike, the finishing isn’t quite as clean as my Roberts or other bikes from more boutique builders. The frame wasn’t prepped at all either which I was kind of surprised at given what the original buyer would have paid.

    The beauty of the bike is in the ride quality though. I’d nearly given up on finding a modern bike with that thin-walled steel ‘twang’ to it, but this one has it, it’s beautiful to ride over rough roads especially.

    Now I’m keeping an eye out for a Pro Lugless, something around a 59 / 60cm if anyone is thinking of selling! @johnnettles2 I’m looking at you 😉

  • fantastic, both of them

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