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Old 10-08-09, 01:44 PM
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Rejuvinating an old Univega - need help

I have a Cannondale T800, but after going ass over teakettle because of toe overlap, I have decided I'd like to fix up my 1993 Univega Via Carisma for a 3 week tour next summer. I've toured with the bike many years ago and it's pretty comfortable.

My questions are as follows:

The bike has Exage 500cx derailleurs front and rear (21 speeds). They were OK last time I used the bike, but the shifters are shot. Anyone have a recommendation for compatible shifters?

I will likely replace the rear cassette and chainring. Maybe go to 8 speeds?? Something like 12-34 and 24-34-44. Would this affect my shifter selection? Are new cranks that will fit my old bike easy to find and are they any different than newer bikes?

The bike has 36 spoke wheels, which are a little pitted, but I would like to keep them - should I?

Lots of questions, but answers to any of them would be appreciated.

Is this a dumb idea?


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You may want to look at 9 speed, since the availability is a little better, but if you can find a deal on 8 speed stuff I would go for it.

I would most likely look into XT stuff, my wife has it on her MTB and it works great, very durable, and not too pricey.

I would get the rapid fire shifters (or whatever they are calling them).
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The first thing to get out of the way is the wheels, have them tuned, ask for the advice of the Local Bike Shop (LBS). He'll evaluate, maybe even steer you towards wheels. Wheels don't cost much on a Hybrid. You state 7,8,9 speed; 8 or 9 has more options taking into account that you're changing the entire drivetrain.

It would appear that used in an option, is it ? I don't think so. You state ..shot
... anyway not a bad idea and do it in one fell swoop. Your decission is based on improvement so someone elses used stuff is swapping -out not so good to better (or worse). I've roughly calculated this just now & in the past www.jensonusa I've
used them before, they ad. here, a great selection,sales desk, closeouts & hot deals.
Focus on an LX sort of range. Build your plan around the crank(s) on sale, shifters & all else compatible. Poke around that site, prepare yourself a little then they can help guide. Appears to be a two hundred thirty dollar expenditure APROX
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A Via Carisma? with Biaxial Power Oval frame? nice bike I sold a few of theose.

if the derailluers are OK why aren't the shifters?

if you are going to change the shifters, derailluers, cassette, cranks and maybe wheels why not just buy a new bike? if you really like the Via C you could just buy somethiung like this and use it as an organ donor http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...afe_sprint.htm
Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape
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