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    newbie starting a build

    i've got a cannondale t500 the i'm hoping to build up and use for commuting.
    inherited the frame, fork, headset, stem, seatpost, bb and (tripple) crank (not sure of the make since logos are scratched off--"race face" maybe?).

    got a book on bike maintenence and it sounds like just about every component on a bike is dependent on other components. was hoping to use drops w/ bar end shifters, but other than that i have no idea what i want. have advice from a guy with the same bike to use traditional cantilever brakes.

    any advice on where i should start?
    thanks
    -craig


    here;s the spex if it helps:
    http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycle...ay_~full_specs

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiginho
    i've got a cannondale t500 the i'm hoping to build up and use for commuting.
    inherited the frame, fork, headset, stem, seatpost, bb and (tripple) crank (not sure of the make since logos are scratched off--"race face" maybe?).

    got a book on bike maintenence and it sounds like just about every component on a bike is dependent on other components. was hoping to use drops w/ bar end shifters, but other than that i have no idea what i want. have advice from a guy with the same bike to use traditional cantilever brakes.

    any advice on where i should start?
    thanks
    -craig


    here;s the spex if it helps:
    http://www.epinions.com/bike-Bicycle...ay_~full_specs
    Yeah, make a plan. If you keep the triple, you at least need a triple FD,and a RD is a good idea.RD has to be able to shift the biggest cog and wrap enough chain. You need wheels. A new touring frame probably uses 135 rear dropout spacing,which is mtb hubs,not road hubs.Number of speeds on cassette or freewheel has to match number of speeds in indexed shifter. Don't mix Shimano, campy, and suntour index stuff.Friction shifting is alot easier.Have fun.

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    is it better to get wheels first then work on drive train/vice versa?
    or does it matter?

    what about using road vs. mtb drive train?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craiginho
    is it better to get wheels first then work on drive train/vice versa?
    or does it matter?

    what about using road vs. mtb drive train?
    The wheels and resulting hub will dictate alot of things. Road or mtb,you can go either way.Alot of it mixes ok too.

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    Sydney is right, there are all sorts of combinations that can work out okay, BUT in order to ensure it all works out well, and is easy to put together - just go ShimaNO.
    Riding a bike is not a fashion show

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