I've just done a major overhaul of my bike, updating my 1984 Nishiki Landau from Shimano 105 (I beleive the very first Shimano 105 group) to 2007 Campagnolo Xenon with a compact crank.
I've gone from 12 speeds ( 53-42, 14-26) to 20 speeds (50-34, 12-25), have a wider gear range, don't have to reach to the down tube and adjust a few times to shift and the brakes stop much faster. Plus I have my frame with braze ons to attach a rack and fenders.
I took it for a 50 Km ride yesterday and loved it.
I couldn't have done it without lurking here and reading many, many posts and many of Sheldon's Articles.
What I learned along the way:
- Cold Setting the steel Frame was scary but easy.
- You can't always get a tool for a Campagnolo group from your LBS
- Installing a Capagnolo Chain is very tricky (my LBS bailed me out here)
- New brakes don't necessarily fit in the mounts in old frames
- Setting up Indexed shifting to work was really easy, I adjusted the High limit srew and attached the cable and it all just worked :-)
Thanks to all,