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 Post subject: Bike Rebuilding
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Hey guys:

So I'm rebuilding an old 1983 Schwinn Voyageur touring bike. Frame is in great shape, as are the cranks/front chain-rings, but I want to upgrade pretty much everything else.

So here's what I'm looking at to start with:

WE278 27" Sun CR-18/Quando Sealed Bearing Wheelsets for Thread On Freewheels (From Harris Cyclery)

Some Schwalbe TRB33 Marathon Tires (Also from Harris Cyclery)

I'd also like to upgrade to a 6 or 7 ring rear freewheel- it will require re-spacing the rear forks, but cold setting an old steel frame like this is pretty easy, and would allow me to move up to indexed shifting instead of the friction shifters that are currently on it. But, since it's only decently easy to get indexed shifters for 7 speeds, I'll probably move up to a 7 ring rear freewheel, giving:

Shimano Hyperglide thread-on freewheels (13 - 15 - 17 - 19 - 21 - 24 - 28 FW722), with

Deore SGS, Top Normal Rear Derailleur, and

Shimano ST-EF65 7 Speed EZ-Fire Levers- I want to move to a "moustache" bar set up, and away from the traditional drop bars.

For the front, I'm keeping the chain rings and crank, but I need a new derailleur if I want to swap to indexed shifting, so:

Shimano R453 for "road" chainwheels with straight (mtb) handlebars FD4428, which should allow me to use the current (large) chain rings with indexed MTB shifters.

And then, as I mentioned, some moustache bars:

Butterfly "Trekking" handlebars HB003.

So, thoughts?

I've done a good bit of maintenance, but this is the first time I'm really rebuilding a bike, so I'd appreciate comments on the above parts, and whether they look like they'll work well together.

I'm intending this bike for touring/commuting, so something sturdy, with a more upright riding position. Never really liked touring on drops.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:37 pm 
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Wow, wish I could help, but you sound way more up-to-date on these things than I. The handlebars look pretty cool.

Crap, I haven't been on a bike tour in a long time.

Anyway, good luck, and keep us posted.

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