I just happened upon a beautiful older 18 speed Raleigh touring bike..not sure how old, but I'm guessing early 80's as it has shimano deore non-indexed downtube shifters and deore derailleurs. The derailleurs are not in such good shape--rusty and creaky--so I'm thinking I should get new ones, and while I'm at it, indexed shifting would be nice. I'm planning to use the bike as a commuter. The gears are all in great shape, so no need to change them out. Here's what I was thinking about:
Shifters (If compatible downtube shifters are available, that would be fine, but I am having trouble locating them)
Also, I guess I'll get a new chain as the exiting one is pretty rusted. Also, I assume I need downtube cable stops as well. All this stuff is pretty cheap, and seems readily available, so I'm good there. My questions are:
1. Will this setup work (will these parts play nice?) Do I need anything else?
2. How difficult would the swap be? I'm by no means a bicycle mechanic, but I can do basic stuff and can follow directions reasonably well. Thanks all!