Help me spend some money!
I was an avid cyclist decades ago and enjoyed loaded touring. 25-years later, Iím getting back into it and need to modernize. Here is what I have now:
Canondale touring frame with steel fork.
Shimano 105 side-pull brakes.
Old-style brake levers and exterior cables.
27-inch Weinman rims, 48 spokes in the back, 36 in the front.
Phil Woods hubs.
Phil Woods bottom bracket.
Huret Duopar titanium rear derailleur.
Unrecalled front derailleur.
Generic frame mounted shifters.
Triple crank of unrecalled lineage.
Regina 6-speed cassette.
Fenders, because it rains on my vacations.
Does anyone still use 27-inch wheels? The difficulty is the frame-mount for the rear wheel brake, appropriate for a 27-inch, but wrong for a 700c. Due to the Canondale frame, I couldnít use cantilever brakes, but Iím willing to replace the fork for one with mounts. The frame is not set up for internal cables, but Iíd be willing to drill if it doesnít weaken it. Iím in Germany, I donít speak the language well, and I need to tell the bike shop exactly what to order for loaded touring.
I want to keep the frame because it doesnít flex under load. What components do I need to get, and what do you recommend? Hey Ė help me spend some money!