New to the forums, this is my first post, flame retardant suit at the ready
So back in around 1995 I purchased a Cannondale M400, with a mix of Alivio and STX components, and intended to ride the hell out of it... but that never transpired and I'm embarrassed to say in those 13 years it's probably had an average of 6 hours riding a year, 90% of that on paved or gravel paths, or very easy riding on single track... so 13 yrs ownership, but probably the equivalent of 1 years decent riding (re: frame fatigue concerns)
Fast forward to 2008, bike is almost like new, as is my slowly growing gut, so a friend and I decided to ride min 3 times a week from now until we're both the epitome of ultra hotness. 1995 technology however leaves a bit to be desired so I'm looking for some advice:
Alivio cantilevers.. sure they .. work.. but even today going down a fairly long hill while riding my brakes my confidence in them wasn't too high.. I've also read just tonight that a cheap upgrade to v-brakes will pay big dividends.
-Any reason not to pass GO and move directly to v-brake town?
-Can I use my Alivio cantilever shifters/brake lever setup?
-Should I disregard these old fashioned v-brakes and upgrade to disc? (will require new fork.. some sort of add-on in the rear, I'm guessing new shifters... perhaps not worth all that hassel?)
-Solid fork.. I have thought about going suspension fork, but 1" tube, which seems to leave early 2000's ebay finds, or bottom of the line RST's (which I believe are also a bottom of the line brand in the first place), plus new headset and stem of course. I'd also have to dispose of my fancy titanium current stem.. worth the effort?
-seatpost shocks - worthwhile?
rest of the bike
Alivio hubs, STX derailleurs, 13 yr old Tioga Psycho tires, used shimano spd pedals my buddy gave me 10 yrs ago.. any reason to replace any of these? just replace if I manage to wear them out?
-the handlebars have foam grips.,. they kinda suck, any recommendations for replacement?
I'm not really into replacing anyting to save weight, as since my riding is purely exercise, the more weight the better I'm thinking, at least for now.
Sorry for my wall-of-text,