Don't have much $$, wise to put 70s Campy on 2003 frameset?

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    Hi All

    I have a '73 Cresent(531) all Campy but brakes used on Sunday club rides, other times I ride MTB. I
    want a new frameset but don't have $$ for full bike, wondered if wise to buy frame and swap crankset
    and barends (I like barends) I'll use newer Hbars/stem. My better judgement is to leave the Cresent
    as is and painfully save. I just love the way old Campy works, don't really like brake/shifter
    combo. Any opinions? TIA <paul>

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    > I have a '73 Cresent(531) all Campy but brakes used on Sunday club rides, other times I ride MTB.
    > I want a new frameset but don't have $$ for full bike, wondered if wise to buy frame and swap
    > crankset and barends (I like barends) I'll use newer Hbars/stem. My better judgement is to leave
    > the Cresent as is and painfully save. I just love the way old Campy works, don't really like
    > brake/shifter combo. Any opinions?

    You'd be better off going the other way 'round. Those old Monark/Crescents were very nice frames,
    comparable to a thousand dollar modern frame. It would be well worth upgrading to modern parts,
    particularly the brake levers and gear shift system, maybe new wheels too.

    If you don't like the way the frame looks, consider a paint job, this is a lot cheaper than a new
    frame of comparable quality. Also a good opportunity to have a few braze-ons added.

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