I have been enjoying this bike since, after purchasing it, getting it mechanically working perfectly. It is nimble and quick , yet as comfortable a bike as I have ever ridden. There was no functional reason to change it at all. In fact, I was afraid to mess with it other than cleaning and maintenance. Then there is the fact that this bike came with a mix of components that, although are not original or correct to its original build , are very nice. The original components that would have come with this bike are no better in performance or functionality. The only reason I would have to change anything would be to put it back to the way it would have been as new, or close.
This is pretty much the way it came when I bought it except the the Campagnolo Super Record pedals with titanium spindles from my parts supply. The freewheel was changed for more of a touring application and a much needed new chain. I rode this bike many miles in this format and had no complaints. I just could no longer overlook the mis matched components. By 1982, Medici would have had mostly Campagnolo Super Record components and a nice set of black anodized handle bars with the Medici lions engraved on them. I have been gathering the correct components over the last few weeks and hesitantly took the bike apart to replace the non original parts.
The first thing I did was change the chainrings. The bike came with a 52/42 front set that were Nuovo Record.
This is the large ring that was on the bike and it worked well. I will keep it as a very nice spare.
This is the Campy crank with Super Record chain rings. Notice the absence of webbing around the the bolt circle. This was done for weight saving as far as I can tell. This time I went with a 53 tooth for slightly better downhill speeds.
Next I needed to change the rear derailleur from a patent 74 Nuovo Record to the correct Super Record with an 82 patent date.
The Nuovo Record is just as good functionally as a Super Record . The differences are that the Super Record has a black anodized trim , and , being a 1982, has changed graphics. The other difference is the two hex head bolts are titanium instead of chrome plated steel bolts.
The next thing on my hit list were the GB handle bars that I actually really like. They were too early for this bike and the wrong lineage. GB are the initials of an English racing legend from the 1930’s by the name of Gerry Bergiss . There were a lot of racing components made in England that paid tribute to him. These were probably from the seventies
After searching for a set of 3ttt handle bars with the correct engravings , I found a set that were listed on eBay without designating them as Medici handle bars. I was the only bidder so I won them for $23!
After mounting the new bars on my Medici , I wrapped them with new black cork tape. I also took the opportunity to replace the old brake cables.
As I said earlier , I would love to say how much better my bike rides now. Other than a slight weight saving , it is just as nice as before. It is no better in function or reliability. It is better in the sense that it is now true to its original build. I did a 40 mile ride today and it is still the most agile and nimble bike I have ever ridden, yet comfortable for longer rides. I will continue to ride my other bikes to change the routine and add a little variation to my riding. I like the part of my commitment of keeping them original while having bikes that I can take out reliably. The only reason I would change them is for reliability.