As ever, summer means a slow down with bike projects as I do more riding. But I picked up a new (old) frame from the local bike charity for a good price. Intention is to build a very tatty, beater fixed road bike on a minimal budget, using all second hand/parts bin bits.
The frame is a 90's (mid/late?) Terry Dolan road frame, with maybe the worst paint I've seen. Really tatty, with large areas of bare steel around the BB, dropouts and downtube. Fortunately I think I've caught it before it's terminal, there are no dents and the tubing seems sound. With a combo of acetone and wire wool I've removed as many of the marks as I can and knocked back the surface rust. It's now hanging on the washing line getting several coats of Halfords finest PU lacquer to hold the rust at bay. All the braze ons and gear hanger will be left on.
I'm not sure what the tubing is, if anyone has any ideas? Can't imagine it's anything fancy. Tig welded, 27.2 post, 1" threadless HT and quite a nice aero downtube. The fork has a Columbus logo stamped on the steerer, but there are no markings on the BB or dropouts.
It came with a decent Cane Creek 40 threadless headset and I picked up a Boardman stem and bars (logos have been removed with acetone) for a few more pennies. I'm thinking it'll probably need a 1 inch stem and 26.0 bars though, to match the 1" headtube properly. The modern 1 1/8th stem and 31.8 bars will do for now though with a shim.
Only thing missing from the parts box now is some aero brake levers. I've got a UN71 BB and 105 cranks, along with a cheap fixed wheel set and a brown Super Turbo saddle. All the finishing kit will be black.