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  1. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    I have already invested in kdelong's suggested book back on the second or third page of this thread. Thanks for your suggestion. By the way, in case there are those of you who don't know, Sheldon Brown's site has a plethora of knowledge and wisdom gained from his and others' experiences...
  2. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Hey Guys, Just wanted to update you on the status of my build. After lots of research (and drooling over the possibilities), I decided to scrap the Shimano 600 Arabesque parts (well, not really...I'm trading them with the Ross frame for services and parts) and build a bike from the Miele...
  3. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    My current hub has a threaded on 6-speed uniglide freewheel. Does that make a difference as far as compatability goes? Also, how is the stem measured? Thanks. Dan
  4. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    I'm confused about this. I found an NOS 6207 front derailleur. The heading specifically says "braze on". I've written the seller to have them clarify. I read in another forum that Shimano made a lot of FDs that just had a clamp included with them, but were really braze on. Look at these...
  5. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Are your components Ultegra then? From my research, I think I am finding that Shimano introduced SIS into the 600 series in 1986. I've found a rear derailleur (SIS), front derailleur, brake levers and calipers, crank set, bottom bracket, Biopace chain wheel, uniglide freewheel, shift...
  6. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Also, is it true that the teeth in the SIS shift levers break? Should I go with friction shifting instead?
  7. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    I am trying to find a braze-on 600 ex front derailleur, but all I am finding are clamp-ons, or are they specifically made for either...I'm confused. Same with the rear derailleur. What are the different ways that the derailleurs connect to the frame, and are there different "braze-on" and...
  8. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Shimano 600 EX, that is.
  9. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Hey, I'm looking at New-Old-Stock Shimano EX components. I was wondering if you could post some pics of your components. The ones I am looking at are from the mid 80's era, and all have different letters at the beginning of the model number, but end in "-6207" or "-6208". Also, I can't tell...
  10. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    A couple more questions about the frame. Does a 58-59 cm size seem about right if I'm 6'3" with a 34" inseam? Are the bianchi forks good forks? Dan
  11. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! I know I'll have more questions, but thanks for everything so far. You guys have been such a HUGE help. Dan
  12. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Or this one? ( http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290411629520&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT ) The seller is asking $250 (dropped from $300) for just the tube and a set of Bianchi forks...is it worth it, and would it work? And which frame would be better, this or the Tange? Dan
  13. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Thanks, kdelong, for all of your advice. You've been a big help. I am about 6'3" with a 34" inseam. Obviously, I've never had a bike custom-fitted for me, but according to this link (http://www.cyclemetrics.com/Pages/Docs/6-BikeFitting/LemondSystem/fit_formulas.htm) I figure I need a 58 or 59...
  14. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    What do you think about this frame? Here is the description: 1960's (I think) Atala lugged chromoly steel road bike frameset with the original steel fork, Atala headset, and T A bottom bracket........Needs some love and some cleanup.........Check out those super cool old chrome head tube lugs...
  15. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Thanks for the tips. I'll check out the book. About the frame though, I have recently discovered that the axle is too short. The rear wheel was not on the frame, so I didn't know until I started doing research...and tried to put it on. I am keeping an eye open for vintage frames on ebay, and...
  16. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Thanks to everyone so far for their help. I have not been able to pursue restoring this bike to a ridable condition yet, but am now finally able to start. I would like to post pictures of the different components with descriptions of what I know about them in hopes that you guys and gals can...
  17. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Thanks for the reply and all of the info. If I was planning to buy a steel frame, could you point me in the right direction? Is there a certain size (besides sizing it for me personally) that the tubes would need to be for the components to fit? Is there a certain type of steel I should be...
  18. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Can you give me some direction as to what type of steel or brand to look for, and how to find out what exactly I need to look for as far as measurements go. If I buy online, I will need to know specifics. Also, if you could give resources, so that I don't have to ask all of the basic questions...
  19. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    Thanks. I can tell you that the shift levers are on the down tube, and it is a 10-speed. Maybe that could help determine the age?
  20. geickel

    Was given cheap frame with Shimano 600 components. Help.

    I was given an older bike by a friend. He informed me that the frame (Ross or Boss) was a cheap one, but that I could learn about components of a road bike with what he gave me. He also told me that the Shimano 600 components on the bike were good stuff back in the day. My father-in-law has a...