Got to Duane’s a little early on Sunday, but he was waiting and had the frame ready to go. It looks just great with a fresh coat of clear over everything. The candy blue was tricky to match, but Duane did a great job and the touchups are very difficult to find. I’ll have to do a good job with the build to match the frameset.
Got the frameset home today, but I won’t get to it right away. I’m in the middle of overhauling the Cannondale ST600, so I really need to finish that one up first. it’s still in pieces, and I got the freewheel removal tool I needed and removed the freewheel. I’m sending it off to the freewheel spa for a service, and while it’s away I’ll get the wheel bearings and hubs cleaned and regreased. Then I can true the wheels and install the new tubes and tires. Once the freewheel is back that will be the wheels complete.
Sounds like progress, slow but relentless (emphasis on slow).
I’m going to pick up the Lemond Zurich frame that has been touched up by Duane at ChesterCycles.com. He has done this work for me on other frames and his work is superb. I can’t wait to see it, and more so, I can’t wait to begin building this bike.
The frame is on the receiving end of a Campagnolo Chorus 3×10 group, all silver, which should work well and look great at the same time. I really like the older Campy groups, the polished alloy parts in particular, and the fact that Campy is not as common as the more ubiquitous Shimano hardware. All of the modern groups work quite well, and can even be mixed and matched to some degree and retain a high level of performance. I just like Campy more, so that’s what I chose. I’m not anti-Shimano or SRAM, I’m just pro-Campy. I did just install a Shimano 1×11 drivetrain on my Giant XTC, so I don’t always choose Campy. The right tool for the job, you know.
I think I have all of the components I need for the build, but as my past history shows, there will be something (or things) that I need but don’t have. OK, I need handlebar tape. So history does repeat itself. But it can be ridden without that, so it isn’t a critical-path item. That’s my rationalization for today and I’m sticking with it.
Stay tuned for photos as this frame becomes a bicycle.