Free hub for old wheel hub
Again, thanks much for the advice and the pointer to Sheldon's articles (been there a few times in the not so recent past).
I already have an 11T gear on my cassette (which is a Hyper-C), and after reading a bit more and talking to some folks, I can't see any reason to move to an 8-speed version. I figured if I had to replace the freehub anyways (due to wear and tear or failure), it was something I wanted to consider.
After talking to the service tech at my LBS (Performance Bike) a bit more, I'm pretty convinced my freehub is prob'ly working just fine. Shifting is pretty consistent (as in fairly smooth and quiet, given the bike's age) except when it occasionally gets a bit temperamental going 5->6 (but not 7->6). The amount of play bothers me (but what do I know
but doesn't seem to be that big an issue. I know the cones need replacing so I'll do that and check bearings and axles at the same time and get back to riding ASAP.
Forks/front hub is next on my list....
Again, appreciate the input. It helped to confirm what I sort of believed at the outset.
Cheers and regards.....Steph