I finally decided to sell my Straggler and as I'll have bike-storage space to replace it, I thought I'd put something fun together for as little money as possible.
Since I replaced my ratty track frame with something I don't want to get all bashed up, I don't actually have a bike I'm enthusiastic about locking up in town. Also, my road bike has been taking a weather-based beating this year already, so the idea is to tick both boxes. A beater-ish bike that I can do proper rides on and not constantly be wishing I was on my other bike, basically.
I have a frame on the way that appears perfect for my purposes: a 90s Simoncini that looks like it was reasonably handsome in it's day. Not sure on the tubing - kind of don't care, but also hoping it's SL (my best guess on what I could see of the tubing decal). It was dirt cheap and has a bit of style, which is the important thing.
This is the kind of project I find most interesting personally, so I thought I'd bother with a thread.
This sounds great. I've fancied a road-rat or ratty conversion for a long time. Will you be fitting guards?
I originally had in mind finding something that could take guards and 28mm tyres, but the frame I've bought has no mounts and I imagine 28mm might be a stretch. I'll probably try and pick up some race blades for it.
What I have in mind is something out of the Modern groupset on old frame thread (almost like my road bike - a 90s Terry Dolan Ribble with DA7800 on it), but a bashed up ratty version.
Sellers photo of the frame. Personal highlights are the big patches of rust on the top tube and bb shell.
I like that.
Tubing ID quiz - what's this? Winner gets to choose saddle.
Ok, so am I right in thinking it’s most likely to be SL tubes in the main triangle and then something else (probably plain gauge) elsewhere?
I’m guessing based on simoncinis I’ve seen before, my understanding of tre-tubi is that it could be anything, builders choice of a mix of different tubes for the main triangle.
SP or SL main tubes I thought
That was my assumption. Presumably SL in this case due to the frame size.
SL sounds right to me.
Love this bud, it's gonna a look great. How big is the head tube?
Headtube looks teeny tiny to me, but I think that's partly to do with the lug flanges (?) at the back being quite wide. The seat tube is 52 c-t so it's a small frame. I usually go for a 52 c-c so it'll be interesting to see how this fits.
Yeah, this should be good. This was sort of what I had in mind when I started building my GT Aero, but then it all got way out of hand. Are you set on modern groupset? Theres a whole classic 2x6 105 group for sale in the retrobike classifieds [edit: it’s on here, not retrobike]. Just add a Flite and it’ll be good to go.
Yeah I’m pretty set on modern, mainly as I’ve got some 10 speed shifters, mechs, cassette and cranks in the parts bin.
Not much movement other than getting some bits and bobs bought. Sorted through what I already have - I knew there was a reason I’d held on to that ITA hollowtech bb! Got brakes and a rear mech in the post. And the frame, obviously.
I like a noodle but I think I might try and find something black as I think that’s what seatpost and stem will end up being.
Deda piega compact drops
Deda piega compact drops
Frame just turned up! Looks good - the thing I was concerned about was the bb threads but they seem fine.
I wonder if that’s enough grease to install a bottom bracket...
Since seeing this thread I Will be doing something similar with my parts bin as I’ve got some rival 10 speed shifters I forgot about.
Frame looks great. I will keep my eye out for something similar in 57
It was just about enough. Chucked some wheels on from another bike - I have some cheap RS10s on their way. Looks like I need a 26.8mm Seatpost, so give me a shout if anyone has a black one they can send me for little monies.
I thought the top tube routing was going to be a fun hour or two of dicking around with thread, coat-hangers, magnets and whatnot. This was not the case!
It's already such a fun build. When I was putting the BB in, I dropped the wrench on the frame. I genuinely couldn't tell if i'd chipped a load of paint off, or if it was already like that :-)
Start a thread if you find something!
Some advice please:
1) I've got my eye on a nice but ratty black Nitto stem for this. OR should I go with the ahead adaptor option? If I asked on the old frame/modern gorupset thread I'm pretty sure I know the answer I'd get. But this is a slightly different angle - it's already a mess so I feel like it might work?
2) Turns out the rear spacing is 120mm or thereabouts. I'm pretty sure this would have been 130mm originally, no? I got the wheel in and it all looks straight enough. Other than it making a roadside flat a right pain in the arse, should I care? I cannot be arsed to try and cold set it or anything, so it would mean spending more than the frame cost to get Argos to sort it.
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