I have decided what components to purchase for the Roberts re-build. It has been a lengthy endeavour. There is a lot to consider. Part sizing. Gearing. Wheel diameter. Stem type. Use. Cost. And, all this while respecting the period and integrity of the frame.
My son introduced me to Feather handcrafted bicycles from Yorkshire, England. They build beautiful custom steel frames and fit them with contemporary components. Feather was an inspiration for my Roberts project.
Now I can begin shopping. My son shops online for components. I have been sceptical but he saves a lot of money. I preferred to support the local bike shops. This time, I am going to compare the relative cost between shopping at my favourite local shop and shopping online at eBay and and the likes of probikekit.ca.
Stay tuned. Once I am done, I will itemize the actual cost. So far I have spent $2.00 for a new set of bearings for the Campagnolo headset.