I started out 2015 with a goal of building a bike, in particular, a vintage Bianchi with vintage Campagnolo parts. For the latter half of 2014, I was scouring eBay for all the parts needed to complete the project - researching what parts would fit the frame. It didn't help that the frame was at Spectrum Cycles being repainted for quite a while, as I was aiming blindfolded as I collected all the parts.
Around mid-summer of 2015, I was getting anxious to learn how to build a bike (and convinced myself I needed a secondary bike to ride when I'm in PA). Thus began the journey of sourcing parts for yet another bike project. I ended getting into a bidding war for the Colnago Dream Lux frame you see above. After winning a competitive auction, I started to piece together new parts for the frame (Campagnolo, of course).
The project went smoothly, albeit with lots of Youtube and online research in how to correctly run cables and adjust the alignment of derailleurs. The same can not be said for the Bianchi project...
While the mechanics of bikes has gotten slightly more complex over the years, the standardization of component sizing has helped ensure new bikes are ALWAYS easier to build then old ones. I tried to stay as true to the era with the Bianchi parts, but I'd challenge anyone to find the right sized bottom bracket for proper alignment of my 1970s crankset. Images coming soon on the Bianchi, in the meantime - enjoy my Colnago Dream Lux.
Colnago Dream Lux B-Stay (~2003) - 54cm, Columbus Airplane Aluminum frame
Campagnolo Athena Brake Calipers
Campagnolo Athena Front Derailleur
Campagnolo Athena Rear Derailleur
Campagnolo Athena 172.5 Compact Crankset
Campagnolo Athena Power Shift 11 Speed Ergopower Shifters
Campagnolo Chorus 11 Speed Cassette
Campagnolo Chorus 11 Speed Chain
Campagnolo Power Torque Bottom Bracket
Campagnolo Ultra Shift Cables
Ritchey WCS 90mm Stem
ENVE Standard Carbon Handlebars
Fizik Cyrano R1 Carbon Seatpost
Fizik Airone R5 K:ium Saddle
Look Keo Classic 2 Pedals
Cinelli handlebar tape
Wheels & Tires
Zipp 30 Clincher Wheelset
Vittoria Open Pave CG III Clincher Tires - 25mm