I recently completed my first rebuild, a rusted old 1987 Raleigh Equipe (which I spent 6 months renovating after rescuing it from my Dad's shed).
I spent a minimal amount on it an picked up a few bits and pieces off ebay (new brakes, saddle, pedals, and had it resprayed).
It runs well but after a lifetime on mountain bikes with index shifting I just cant get used to friction shifters!
What I'm trying to find out is if I get a cheap band-on Shimano SIS downtube shifter, will that be sufficient to convert to idex shifting? (There are loads on ebay for next to nothing).
My LBS said no, and that I'd need a new freewheel, rear mech etc, but a lot of of these forums state its possible.
For the record, I have a Sunrace 6 speed freewheel, and Sachs Huret front and rear mechs and downtube shifter.
Your immesnse knowledge would be gratefully received!