ok I bought a bike on ebay and i spent too much on it, but I wanted a steel frame flat bar bike that had 700c wheels.
I am considering this a purchase of a frame and wheels and some other stuff that might get reused. no comments about polishing a turd please. this also education.
key detail.... I LOVE THE COLOR and the paint looks good from the photos
intended usage is 90% road / fitness 10 paths / ride with kids
for all questions assume my time is worth $20 because I will learn an ton.
it's a gt arette 95. thats the only year they had green
i have another bike I am willing to cannibalize because I hate it. I will also ask anyone for any free parts they will give.
i plan to find a coop in Boston that (recommendations) but I am handy and don't mind buying hand tools (whip, freehub tool, bb racket tool)
i referenced bikepedia i think its a 95 because the rim picture matches the rims on bikepedia.
my plan is the following:
to get it
true wheels inspect and repack hubs, headset, add tires seat post seat cables and brake shoes.
take as much apart as I can and polish what ever can be polished and lubed reuse what I can.
so here are my questions
Component Group Shimano Altus C90
Brakeset Shimano Altus C90 brakes, Shimano Altus C90 levers
Shift Levers Shimano Altus C90 Rapid Fire TX
Front Derailleur Shimano Altus C90, bottom-pull
Rear Derailleur Shimano Altus C90
front Shimano Altus C90, 24/32/38 teeth
rear 7-speed, 11 - 28 teeth
altus is basically crap, but do all shimano drive train components work with all others. I am going on an ebay shopping spree.
knowing that the rdr must meet the total teeth gap (or whatever you call it) and the size of the rear cogs can i swap whatever I can find on the rear 5,6,7,8 speed.
example sora long cage for triple instead of c90. what about deore for rear. will I have shifting problems with rapid fire, do all shimano have the same actuation ratio. i have microshift grip shiftss on the other bike it has shimano I may just use them.
in the front assuming it matches the bottom bracket. can I swap between road double or triple with the only concerns being the front derailleur cage. if its right for a 38, how large a ring can I go to before I have to change it. or is this just a wait and see. I think altus is riveted at least it looks so in the pictures so swapping rings probably wont happen.
rear freehub? no good picture of the hub to see a bulge. 11-28 seems good range if it can be reused but its really really rusty. is ti worth removing and the rings and sanding , polishing them, or should I just ride it or chuck it
cantilever breaks (just kidding) i have some linear pulls can I swap them only worrying ill need to swap the levers too right are the fork bosses the same? what about a road caliper which levers can i use i think th eones ith the canitleves. it look like the hole in the fork might be too far to reach the rim.
bottom bracket on the 97 (this is a 95 i think) is 68mm English so I assume this is as well lots of options here.
head set is 1 in threaded. in the long run can I find 1 in threadless forks and head set, stem will that combo be lighter? or should I look for a shorter quill and a cantilever stop if I stick withe cantis that i can put on the current headset the current one goes though the stem (and looks really weird)
tires it came with 41 a long time ago. i found specs saying the rim could take down to a 23 (i wont do that)
i am think 28, 30, 32 are there cheap roadish cyclocross tires in size 30
can anyone confirm headset, seat post bottom bracket size (95 and 8=97 are incistant sizes on bike pedia ) bottom bracket size