I have been working on this bike for a while! So I thought maybe it is worth sharing it here :)
I always wanted a bike that could fullfill all my needs, a bike that I would keep if I had to keep only one bike.
3 years ago my commuter bike was an old Peugeot PF10, I loved it so I used it as a base
Here you can see it before its transformation:
The first addition was a new custom build wheelset. Went to a triple set-up with Gevenalle shifters and Microshift derailleur. A new Nitto handlebar, a Brook saddle and I was ready for adventures.
It was fine for a bit but I never been happy with that build. First I hated the triple set-up, super clunky, unreliable and a lot of shifting issues. I also had issue with the rear wheel sometimes getting out of alignment under heavy loads, plus it didn't allow for lot of clearance.
So I learned my lesson, this bike was designed as a road bike, not a tourer or anything else. I started looking for a new bike frame that would suits my needs and where I could transfer most of the components. So I sold the Peugeot that I refurbished...
...and I bought this Raleigh Royale touring frame on ebay (sory only picture I have is when I picked up the frame)
I finally had a solid base for my build so I started transferring the parts and gathering the rest of the parts I wanted. This build had to look classic, I have been restoring bikes for a long time now and I always loved the look. But for that bike I wanted modern components. So here is the list of the parts I opted for at the end, a few retro parts in the mix but overall most of the key components are modern.
Transmission: Microshift R10
Brake/Shifters: Gevenalle Audax with Microshift Shifters
Brake Calipers: Shimano BR CX50
Crankset: Stronglight 49D with Specialites TA 28-48
Wheels: Custom made High Flange SunXCD MK2 Hubs with Velo Orange Enterprise 32H rim
Cassette: Shimano 10 speed 11-32T
Tyres: Panaracer Gravel King Semi Slick 32C
Saddle: Brooks Cambium C17 Carved
Seatpost: Flutted unbranded
Headset: Tange Levin CD
Stem: Nitto UI-12 70mm
Handlebar: Nitto B135 AA Randonneur - 450mm
Bartape: Zipp Service Course
Bottom bracket: Shimano UN55
Pedals: MKS Sylvan Stream
Chain: KMC 10 Speed
Bottle Cages: VO Moderniste
Front Rack: Pelago
And here is the final build:
I am super happy with that build, it shifts beautifully and rides like a dream.
You can see more high res pictures on my website here: