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Old 11-03-10, 07:22 PM
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Cables are cheap. If you don't mind the wait you can order online for cheaper than bike shop.

Since you're going to be changing cables, I recommend changing the brake cables. You don't want those snapping. Also, you may want to change the housing since they are probably so old.

www.parktool.com is where I learned how to do a lot of things on the bike. It's a good resource.

If you're going to get new tires make sure they're 27" tires (first number). The second number refers to width. Wider tires means slower speeds but more comfort. Narrow tires mean more speed but less comfort. If you're commuting 27 x 1 1/4" or something around there. It's a good balance between speed and comfort for commuting.
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