Still can't climb
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Limey in Taiwan
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cold set for upgrade from 7 speed or not?
Has anyone chosen to upgrade from 7 speed without cold setting and if so is it really difficult to squeeze a 10 speed wheel in? Am I creating more problems after? If I do just squeeze a new wheel in, do I only then have to get 10 speed STI shifters....no re-dishing, no other components etc.
I've read a lot about upgrading / cold setting thanks to Sheldon Brown (who will be greatly missed) and on these forums. It was suggested that spreading the frame might not be necessary and i could just squeeze a modern wheel in. I have an early 1990s 7 speed 126mm spacing road bike and cold setting might not be required to just go up to 130mm. I have brazed on downtube shifters on a Reynolds 531 frame.
I would like to do as little as possible to upgrade since i don't really have a great urge to take on a project and I love the bike as it is. I'm only upgrading because I might need to replace the rear wheel soon and i might as well do the upgrade since i have to get a new wheel anyway.
The LBS was not very helpful and wasn't keen on doing the upgrade without giving me the hard sell for a new tip-top carbon bike. They wouldn't let me try and put a modern wheel in just to check if it would go on. I AM looking to buy a new bike anyway but that doesn't mean I will get rid of my old steel friend! Just looking for quick easy and cheap way to upgrade a bike I love.