I'm building up my beat up Maiposa as a light touring bike and need some help.
Yes, I searched. Yes, I know I should get a mtn triple up front and something wide (12-34) in the back.
However, I have DA indexed downtube shifters (7 speed) and brake levers already. I live in the prairies, so super low-end gearing isn't so important.
I need: derailleurs, a rear wheel, and either a cassette or freehub for sure, and probably chainrings.
I'm thinking: old shimano mtb derailleurs, but am unsure of their compatibility with indexed downtube shifters.
Do the derailleurs have to be 7 speed?
What size chainrings (I have a road double crankset w 52-42 rings, whcich will be waay too tall)? Any decent, inexpensive brands/models?
Is a freehub or cassette better? I figure Harris cyclery can sort me out, if my LBS can't.