Hi, I wonder if anyone can help me decide what to do with my Donohue...
It was set up singlespeed when I bought it, but came with the original Dura Ace groupset (minus brakes) ready to reinstall if necessary - apart from someone had ground off the downtube shifter bosses, which is really annoying. I'm quite keen to try it geared, but to do it properly would mean having bosses brazed back on. There's a guy locally who will do this - and I think used to work with Paul Donohue perhaps - but then it'd need repainting, so it's a potential money pit.
So, I have a few options:
(a) keep as is, maybe swap the rear wheel out for a fixed/free one I have sitting around, and ride it singlespeed / fixed;
(b) convert back to geared, get the bosses rebrazed, get the frame repainted, install the DA groupset;
(c) convert back to geared as above, but sell the DA and instead install a more modern groupset;
(d) forget the whole enterprise and sell!
The DA groupset is fine but the chrome on the brifters is pretty flaky.
There's some surface rust on parts of the frame which restoring and painting would help to sort out.
I really love it, even though I'm not sure it's totally practical, with max tolerances of 25mm or so - I'm pretty much over skinny tyres. But it's super light, fast, the colour is great, the forks are sublime...
oh and my other question: does anyone have any clue what model it'd be? It's a bit of an enigma to me as it features the thin straight forks that I assumed were more common on PD track frames, yet has regular dropouts - and it has standard round-section tubing rather than ovalised. It's 853 throughout (I assume - there's nothing to indicate the forks are any different).
Pics should be here. Excuse the weird angle of both garden and saddle.