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    Replacement of Rear Cassette OLD Road Bike

    Okay guys here is another one for you.

    My husband has an old 70's "Freespirit" 10- speed road bike. We are currently weighing the cost of fixing this bike up vs buying new. He wants to replace the rear cassette with one that has a MEGA Gear for the hills that we have around here. I have looked on line and am seeing 8 & 9 speed cassetes only. Anybody know where to get a 5 or 6 speed cassette? This bike also needs a new rear derailleur (one on it is shot) and probably a front too. The shifters will need replacement if he goes to a "larger" cassette. I have looked at the Jensen website and some others that a can't remember, but it seems that these parts are going to be on the "spendy" side. Are there any places that have parts for a reasonable amount?

    He is not looking for speed, just a "get around" town & back up the hills bike, so there is no need for the latest & greatest. Opinion time - Should we try to fix this or just junk it and look for an inexpensive (Under 400.00) new bike?
    ~annie~

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    You're probably better off asking in the mechanics forum, but here goes. Ebay and Nashbar are where I look for oddball parts. I think something like this might fit the bill:

    http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    The "shift ramps" they talk about will make shifting a lot smoother. The biggest gear they have is 28 teeth, which is what a modern mountain bike typically has. The problem you might run into is that your derailleur is not long enough for such a big gear. Nashbar also has this derailleur http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename= which is less than ten bucks, accepts up to 34 teeth, and meant for six speeds.

    I'm assuming from the vintage of your bike that it doesn't actually have a cassette, but has a "freewheel." Here is an article about freewheels which shows the difference: http://sheldonbrown.com/freewheels.html

    I would expect that a 70's era bike would shift dramatically better with a more modern derailleur and gears.

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    Thanks for the clarification on terms. I am clueless when it cames to mechanical things. Atleast I know now what I am looking for. :-)
    ~annie~

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    If you really need to replace all that stuff on the bike - i'd just forget about it.

    The freespirit (Sears) is regular run of the mill road bike, the ones that were mass produced during the cycling boom and isn't really high quality or anything.

    By the time you get new derailleurs + shifters you might be eating into a good chunk of that $400 for a new get around town bike. Around here you can get a brand new Fuji bike with modern components for that price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    If you really need to replace all that stuff on the bike - i'd just forget about it.

    The freespirit (Sears) is regular run of the mill road bike, the ones that were mass produced during the cycling boom and isn't really high quality or anything.

    By the time you get new derailleurs + shifters you might be eating into a good chunk of that $400 for a new get around town bike. Around here you can get a brand new Fuji bike with modern components for that price.

    Well, he wanted another opinion and we took it to the LBS, not the one 2 miles away mind you, the one 15 miles away. They told him that it is not worth it. We put a deposit down on a Giant Cypress for him. The salesman was "real high pressure" (LOL) basically he told us to think about it over night. Then they marked all the Cypress' down 50.00 while we were thinking it over. We got it for 299.00 with a year's worth of service etc. I think that we got a good deal. I am even considering a Cypress vs Suede for more gears and less $.

    Thanks for the advice!
    ~annie~

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