The next step for the the Roberts rebuild is to select suitable components for the frame – saddle, seatpost, stem, bars, cranks, derailleurs, brakes, bottom bracket and wheelset.
I have given this considerable thought and consulted with all of the local bike shops (at least those that have considerable experience with steel frame bikes). I considered both a road and MTB setup. Both have advantages. In the end, I decided on a road setup. It better suits the type of riding I have planned. I have all the tools I need to build the bike. And, I also have a number of wheelsets that I can interchange with other bikes. In addition, I want the bike to retain a classic look. The frame was not built as a MTB. It is a long distance road bike.
After the frame was successfully cold set, I measured the seat tube diameter, seatpost diameter, bottom bracket shell width, the previous stem length and crank length so that I had all the specifications required when searching for a new component set.
These are the specifications for the items I need:
- A clamp on style front derailleur measuring 28.6 mm in diameter;
- Bottom bracket for a shell measuring 68 mm wide and English threading;
- A seatpost measuring 27.2 mm in diameter;
- A stem measuring 80 mm in length;
- Cranks measuring 172.5 mm long;
- Handlebars measuring 42 cm wide; and,
- Long reach dual pivot caliper brakes to fit 700 C wheels.
In the gallery above I have included some of the items I am currently considering. If you have an opinion or other suggestions, I would appreciate your comments.