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Help with Vintage Campy...Fix-ated
Dec 7, 2003 11:37 AM
I have the frame, 70's or early 80's Alan (see pic) and want to ebay some appropriate Campy for it...problem is I don't know anything about old Campy components. What should I look for for this frame...Super Record, nuevo(?)...6 speed, 7 speed...?

Thanks for helping out the un educated!
re: Help with Vintage Campy...desmo
Dec 7, 2003 5:07 PM
Either NR or SR will be fine. SR stuff may be a little cheaper depending on condition. Rear spacing will determine how many cogs you can run out back. I would place a wanted ad on the Classic Rendevouz website before going to ebay. You may be able to find somebody who can assemble a whole group of vintage compontents for you. It's not going to be a resto, just retro so you can mix and match stuff. Campy is nice but Suntour and early D/A work just as well or better in some cases.
re: Help with Vintage Campy...mapei boy
Dec 8, 2003 3:21 PM
It's Nuovo Record, not Nuevo Record. Nuovo is the Italian word for new. Nuevo is the Spanish word.
Ohhh, that's purdy!Humma Hah
Dec 8, 2003 4:19 PM
I'd say it deserves Campy. You gonna maked it fixed-gear, Mr Fix-ated? The definitive fixed-gear Campy cranks would be Pistas. For that vintage, I think the 144 bolt circle diameter (bcd) would be appropriate. Really old bikes used 151 bcd.

Of course, you'll be bidding against me, as I'm after a set for the cruiser.
re: Help with Vintage Campy...satanas
Dec 15, 2003 5:16 AM
Alan also made track frames - this isn't one of them so a fixed gear would be inappropriate. I'm inclined to think that the BB would also prove to be too low.

Agree that SR/NR would be appropriate, but probably SR would be better. These were expensive frames at the time and anybody going to alu would have paid the premium to save weight! A nice Everest alu freewheel and slotted chain perhaps?

Given the age of the frame (pre-78) 5 or 6 speed would be suitable. I think all the Alans we sold were 6 speed (125mm spacing) but yours appears to be a bit older, so spacing *might* be 120mm.

Be sure to be *very careful* with anything clamped to the frame. Any sharp edges could cause notch failures - cloth bar tape should be used under all clamps, including the front derailleur. Alan were very insistent about the latter!

Good luck, it should be a great bike when finished. These are very comfortable frames, great for lighter riders. If you are a heavy sprinter/masher type, sell it to somebody else, or hang it on the wall...
wow that is some wild geometry...rwbadley
Dec 19, 2003 11:39 PM
Look at the laid back seat tube. If this is pre '78 I think the NR would be fitting, but you can use whatever you want, hell build it up with Suntour...;-)

It may be (most likely)126 spacing, ...or 120. I would make a fixie out of it no problem. Just find a set with a freewheel and go for it, or get a set of track wheels; either way. The long dropouts are cool with it.

Let us know how it goes