Please forgive this „Wanted“ classified ad.
I’m looking for a road bike frame I can build up and use on my trainer this winter and as a second bike for training rides thereafter. I don’t usually see anything in my size on sale in Japan, so I’ll buy from abroad (a store or via ebay) unless I can find someone who has one they want to sell here locally.
I’ll probably be confined to the trainer (with a somewhat upright riding position) until my shoulder is well recovered, so the trainer will see its first sustained use in several years. But I dare not put my Cervelo frame on the trainer, since I cracked another frame on a trainer a few years back.
I need something less expensive than, but as strong as the Cervelo. I’ll use the bulletproof set of wheels that Nagai-san built me recently, and try the „Powercranks“ that I’m going to order. I’ve fit frames in the 59cm to 61cm (center-to-center, actual or virtual) sizes, with a 58-59cm (actual or virtual) top tube. 58 cm would be too small in most manufacturers (especially Trek). The geometry of my size 61 Cervelo R3-SL is shown at the bottom of this linked page.
Any ideas are welcome — if you have a frame or more you want to sell, or if you have a strong recommendation. If I don’t get any leads quickly, I’ll go ahead and pull the trigger and order something from the US or UK so I can build it up in early January.
(P.S. As for other parts: I also could use a spare Ultegra or 105 gruppo (without crankset or cassette) if someone has that together with the frame, and also some 44cm handlebars (harder to find in Japan than smaller sizes). I have a bunch of parts already — crankset, cassette, a nice new carbon seat post (27.2mm) that would be fine with a traditional geometry frame but is too short for me to use with the sloping/compact Cervelo), a very solid used Reynolds Ouzo Pro 1 1/8″ carbon fork, FSA integrated headset, FSA 110mm (or 120mm?) stem for oversized (31.8?) handlebars, all waiting to be put on a bike, and I’ve ordered a spare saddle.)