Hello everybody, I bought a second hand Koga Miyata Randonneur, not sure about the year the seller didn't know(If you could tell me I would love to know), and I would like to replace the butterfly bars by Drop Bars and modify a few more things, but I'm kinda new to all this so I would like some advice.
This is the bike:
It has a Rear Derailleur DEORE XT, the front Der. is LX together with the brakes, shifters. The back casette is an HG51-8an , 8 speeds, and this is where my first problem arises.
This is what I intended to purchase to modify it, please correct me if something is wrong or what I'm missing:
- Nitto Noodle M177 , 44cm
- Tektro RL520 Brake Lever
- Shimano Dura Ace SL-BS77 Bar End Shifting Levers 2/3x9
- A stem, but here I'm totally lost, I don't know what should I get.
Now, the problem is that the bike comes with an 8-gear casette and the shifter is for 9-speeds, I tried finding an 8 gear shifter, but they become much more expensive than the BS77, which costs 60€ in bike24.net . My question is, will I be able to shift the back gears with indexing mode? If not, could I replace the 8-speed casette with a 9-speed one? And in this case, which would be an adecuate one, for long-distance touring allowing me to climb hills heavily loaded?
Should I change the Front derailleur, LX to a better one? Or will LX be allright?
My second concern is what to do with the stem, I want a budget option, that is compatible with the Koga Randonneur and the Nitto Noodle bar and that allows me to play a bit with its height , it will be my first time with Drop Bars.
My last, not so important question, I have a Brooks B17, dark brown saddle. Which bar tape would be the closest in color match?
Thanks for reading and sorry for the amount of questions =)