Hi, I thought you guys might be able to help me. BTW, I did a search, and although there are pieces of info out there, none of it is one place, and I am having hard time figuring some of it out.
I have an 87 Columbus Steel Bianchi mystery model "road" bike that is my current ride to work and for fun. Sorry no pics now, but I can get them if you want. It is a 6 speed with Shimano 105 index shifting. Everything is great on the bike, except for the hubs.
Both the front and rear hubs are pitted pretty badly. Unfortunately (or fortunately), they are also no-name hubs on heavy rims. Therefore, upgrading is not much more expensive than fixing, and makes a lot more sense. To me at least, not to the wife.
So my options (that I know of) are:
1. Build my own wheels from parts. I am not sure about this because I am wary of buying used hubs because I see how they wear out. New hubs I see in 126mm are either crap or NOS that goes for more than I think they are worth. Please tell me if I am wrong! I also have never built a wheel before.
2. Buy this wheelset from ebay that looks decent, for a real good price ($140 shipped). It has a cassette, which I don't, mine is a freewheel (threaded). http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...1554&rd=1&rd=1
3. My friend at work is offering me free Bontrager select wheels. These are 130mm rear hubs, and of course mine is 126mm. I don't understand what I would have to do other than re-space my frame. Will my 6 speed indexed shifters work on this? I think it is either 8 or 9 speed. It seems to me that even though the wheels are free, it will cost as much or more to upgrade everything else. Although, shifters that aren't on the downtube would be nice. I would also miss the retro stuff on the bike, which still works really well! Also, selling these is not an option because he wants them back if I don't use them.
Please help me decide. I have the goal of not spending much money, but getting a good wheelset which is relatively light (compared to my wheels), and will easily carry my weight (210 pounds). I would also like to keep the bike as reasonably original as possible, if possible.
Thanks for your replies in advance. Sorry if this has already been covered, if so, please point it out.