I have a wonderful touring bike called a Raleigh Touriste, it is 24 years & still looks like a youngster. I want to keep it that way, so i've decided to knuckle down & repair/upgrade it.
In the last 24 years cycling technology has changed beyond all recognition.
I am unsure of what upgrade path to take to bring this bike back to its best.
I need the venerable knowledge of a cycling sage
My Raleigh Touriste needs a new 700c rear wheel /cassette / sprocket combination as the old wheel has met the grim reaper. The original sprocket was 6 speed, attached via an early cassette mechanism.
The inner distance between the rear frame forks is 128mm, the outer approx 140mm.
Replacing the 700c rear wheel and sprocket led me to the question:
What 700c rear wheel and sprocket combination should I upgrade to for this touring bike?
I want a durable wheel (£55 or less) that can be installed in a frame with 128mm between the rear forks.
The front and rear deraillers also need replacing to be compatible with the new chain & sprocket.
Front Derailler: Shimano FD M350
Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD M350
Sprocket: 6 speed attached to wheel via early Shimano metal Cassette
Chainring: Biopace Exage Trail Triple 48-36-28 with FC M350 cranks- In decent condition.
Gears are SIS Indexed and are adjusted by Shimano SL-1050 Gear Levers, the left has 5 or 6 clicks and accomodates only 6 speed gears.
Brake levers are Weinmann- brake lines fed vertically through Weinmann black rubber brake hoods which have perished (Cane Creek and Dia Compe sell comparable replacement brake hoods but I cant find them in the UK).
What Shimano groupset of components should I choose for this upgrade that are suitable & compatible for this touring bike?
What Chain would be ideal with this groupset?
Is it possible to buy downshifting gear levers like the Shimano SL-1050's that accomodate 8 or 9 speed sprockets?
If so what are they called?
Is it desirable to keep straight gear shifting levers on the diagonal cross bar , or move to gearshifters incorporated into the break levers.
Is it better to upgrade to an 8, 9 or 10 speed sprocket.
Can a 8, 9 or 10 speed sprocket fit in an old frame with 700c wheel and 128mm between the rear forks.
I have tried hard to find answers to some of these questions but so much has changed- I lack experience of some of these new technologies so I would appreciate any constructive suggestions fellow bike forum users could give.