I'm a new forum member trying to get a bike set-up for my wife.
(I'm an ex roadie - I raced as a USCF junior in 1993/1994. I still have my 1994 Trek 5500 OCLV with 600 components...and am just getting back into road riding. My wife got addicted to "spinning" a few months ago and has the bug to go road riding. We signed up for the MS Wisconsin Ride, 65 miles a day X 2 days)
I was a bike mechanic/retail sales at our LBS (west bend, WI) back in the early '90s, so I'm comfortable working on bikes.
I found a 2001 Trek 2300 from a friend that should fit her...(more on that in another post)
Low mileage, everything is in working order.
My biggest concern is the gearing - and I need help figuring it out.
(this site is full of great information! I'm really glad I found it...)
It has full Ultegra components.
The front sprocket is a 53/39 and the rear is a 9speed with an 11x23 cassette.
(The rear derailleur is a small/short cage)
It currently has 175 crank arms (which I'm concerned might be a little long).
I'm on a VERY tight budget...but want this "experience" to a positive one for my wife.
Can I convert this bike to a triple?
(I was given a "truvativ road triple 32/42/53 170 cranks" and bottom bracket (take off from a bike shop. But, I assume than I would need a new shifter, front derailleur, and longer cage for the rear derailleur?
The bike has a St6500 shifter - which appears to be just a "double". Is that correct?
I found conflicting information online…
(Shimano doesn’t have the document for this online anymore, and IMO it only has "1 big click, and the 2 small "trim" clicks).
I found these parts online - would these be an option?
My thought was I could change the front to a triple and have a much better "gear range" for her. (The charity ride route is VERY hilly)
If I keep the rear cassette – can I keep the existing chain?
I've been reading comments here about the "compact" crank arm (50/32 front)...
It doesn’t appear that I have “room” to mount a smaller cog in the lower position of my current crank on the front – correct?
If I find a compact crank and go that route, what's the max cog I can use in the back?
Can I use the mountain bike set (11x32 or 11x34) with a longer cage on my current derailleur?
And I’m a correct that the 12x27 is the “widest range” cassette I can use with my current set-up?
Again - I'm on a very, very limited budget, but want to do this "right".
Thank you in advance for your help! I really appreciate it!