I’ve replaced a Campagnolo Veloce 13-26 cassette with a Chorus 12-30, and replaced the short-cage Veloce rear derailleur with a medium-cage version. I decided to replace the chain at the same time. So now the Merckx has 50-34 up front, and 12-30 in the back.
I checked the derailleur hanger alignment, and it was in a little at the bottom. I’ve adjusted this before, and the bike has not been beaten up or laid down on the RD side. Not sure why it doesn’t want to hold the alignment. It might be time to get a replacement hanger, just in cases. I did order a replacement hanger today, hopefully it’s the right one.
No issues with the swap, and the shifting adjusted easily. All ready to go now, with climbing-friendly gears.
The frame and fork are being painted by Duane at chestercycles.com. Duane has worked his magic for me on other frames, and his work has been outstanding. It will be Pinarello blue – or as close a match as he can find. I have replica decals and he will apply them so they are under the clearcoat. He will also fill the lug cutouts and seatstay panto in white. I picked up the frame and fork on March 7th, and they look great. White decals on the blue frame is a great look. The rest is up to me since Duane has done his magic.
For the mechanical bits, I have new headset bearing balls so that it can be properly serviced and reinstalled. I have new bottom bracket bearing balls so that it can be serviced and reinstalled as well and then it should be good for a few thousand miles at least.
The wheels will get a set of Vittoria Corsa G+ clinchers with latex tubes.
The new saddle, a Selle Anatomica X2 in white, is here. So is the new bar tape, 2.5mm Lizardskins in white.
I picked up a Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear derailleur to use in place of the original Gran Sport, which seemed a little rough for this ground-up restoration. I picked up a NOS set of white Gran Sport brake hoods to replace the ones that were on the bike. These are clean and should look great with white bar tape.
I even found a length of stainless spiral wound housing to use on the rear derailleur loop. These are non-aero brakes, so the housing exits the brake levers at the top. I’ll use Campagnolo black housing for the brakes. Since the shifters are on the downtube, the only housing needed for shifting is at the rear derailleur.
Stay tuned for photos as the build progresses.