The main reason I'm posting here instead of doing work... I have an ~'82-83 Peugot frame. To be more specific, I believe it's a PSV10N... (Picture) It looks exactly the same, but I only have the frame and fork.
If that's right, it's about a middle-upper teir road bike from the time, very light CrMo AND it's MY size... which is a little difficult to come by. =) The frame was given to me as a gift, and I am obligated to build it up. So, the plan...
I'm going to be buying these things for it:
* Wheels (700c) + Misc (Skewers)
* Fork (Maybe. I have the old fork, but I haven't checked the threading on it... the steerer tube on this bike is very long (~7-8in) so I'm worried a cheap replacement won't fit.)
* Front and Rear Brakes (Hopefully with the click-shifting)
* Front and Rear Derailers (! - This is a problem, I measured the down-tube and it's 28mm, vs the usual slightly larger British standard 28.6mm, according to Sheldon Brown's site. So most derailleurs will be too large for this. I might be able to make a good shim though, just from sheet metal... .6mm is tiny! Or there is the brazing... I ask about that below.)
* Front Gearset (Double, triple?)
* Rear Gearset (9-10?)
* Seat Post? (Maybe optional, I have the original one but it's a bit old and heavy)
And here's the fun part, as usual: I'm on a super tight budget for this type of project, about $700 - 800 max.
Impossible? I can do almost anything mechanical myself, and I have the tools. A BB tool or crank puller, maybe need to buy/borrow those.
Anyhow, questions I have already:
1a) With rear wheels, how can I tell whether they'll work with a gearset I get? If there is an incompatability, is it a big deal, or not?
1b) When they say the rear wheel is for "8-9spd," I want to assume they mean that the rear wheel ALONE can take 8-9 sprockets? I haven't really heard of many 8-9 speed bikes lately.
2) Should I be buying the wheels in a pair, or can I mix and match them? I don't care much for the front, but I want the rear to be good quality.
3) Are there any guides to picking gear ratios? If not, I can probably look at the ones I currently have and adjust them (I'm a mechanical engineering student, so I know how to do the numbers but translating them into meaning something is different).
4) Is it worth it to go with a triple vs double? Being on a budget... I thought the double was fine before, but I don't know if maybe in the future as I ride more I'll wish I had gone with the triple.
5) What is the deal with all the different gearset numbers? Shimano seems to have model numbers and styles coming out of EVERYWHERE, it makes it very confusing when all I'm really concerned about is a) what gear ratios they have and b) whether they're fit the spline on the wheels I get! Is this generally not something I should worry about, or how can I tell whether they'll be compatible?
6) Braze-on front derailleurs are cheaper than clamp-on, and I have a weird French frame with 28mm (vs the standard 28.6mm) down-tube. I have done brazing before, but I would not say I'm good enough to do this. They need to strip the paint to do it, right? And how much does a shop normally charge to do this?? (OR, do I have this all mixed up and they don't braze the entire derailleur on, but just a mount or something? My frame has a small rivet-looking thing right about where the derailleur should go, so I don't know what that's about.)
7) I'm mostly thinking of grabbing "Ultegra" branded stuff whenever I cannot find an equivalent (usually Nashbar-brand) cheaper replacement - it seems good and cheap. This would probably be for the deraileurs and gearsets. Good/Bad idea?? Is SRAM that much worse that they're like 1/4 the price most places?
8) Anyone think I should hold out until I can afford to get Shimano stuff instead of Nashbar-brand? Reviews on their site are good, but they're a bit sneaky imo.. I could see them deleting bad reviews.
Opinions on these:
Nashbar Shifters/Brakes (way cheaper than Shimano):
I greatly appreciate any and all feedback! Thanks in advance.