I have an older Softride "Traveler" that was suppose to be a touring bike. It has a triple (RST) crank and STI shifters and RST derailleurs. It has never been much good as a tourer since Softride made the rear stays pretty narrow and put a Kenesis aluminum fork on with little clearance for a tire larger than 700x25c. I would like to put a compact crank on and a different cassette in the rear. I'm also thinking of replacing the STI shifters since they tend to skip shifts (I rotate them and they don't grab the pawl or whatever is in there). I have tried oiling them, cleaning out all oil, etc. I'm fed up with them and want to put on some 7 sp. bar end shifters that I have. Will a triple fr. derailleur work with a compact crank?
I want to keep the bike since it is so comfortable but this is one that Softride didn't put a lot of thought into. Apparently they didn't know much about tourers.