My winter build - I would appreciate some advise from you winter riders.
I spent the last few weeks resurrecting this 1975 Raleigh into my winter bike. I started with this...
and I am also finished with this.
More information about the build can be found here.
I have a few questions for you winter pros.
1) The current brakes on the bike are not the most compatible (fenders and 700c rims) and do not inspire any confidence compared to my other road bike. Do you have any suggestions for a quality set of brakes that will work well with these 45mm fenders and 700c rims?
2) The shifter cables stick out towards the center and it appears if I route them with too quick of a radius, the shifting is not as precise. I am sure this is due to the lesser quality of the shifters (the housings are fresh and the cable was lubed). Do you have any suggestions for quality winter worthy shifters?
3) Should I opt for a stainless steel chain? That makes sense to me since we salt our roads here.
4) Should I proofide the Brooks leather bar tape to help protect it from the elements?
5) It appears that I can move the fender mount bracket behind the front fork. This should help better protect the bottom bracket assembly. Good idea, or will this allow the front to spray muck on me?
I am fine with searching for specific used parts, I appreciate quality components, and I am not looking to keep the bike "original", so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.