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Old 07-08-15, 08:17 AM
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Can I do this?

I have 1984 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe and really like the frame. However, I can't handle the down tube shifters on my hilly commute. I also own a raleigh r300 that has brifters. How involved would it be to swap them? Is it possible?
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Old 07-08-15, 08:30 AM
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Shimano makes a brifter compatible with old-style 7-speed FWs. IIRC it is called A070. You will need to replace the existing DT levers with cable stops that screw into the existing holes, but you can find them at lots of places. There is a triple version also, called the A072 IIRC.

I set up a bike for my sweetie with 2x7 gearing with the A072. The only real problem is the front lever is meant for a triple but it works well enough for a double too. Getting things adjusted properly took a bit of tweaking but one dialed in it works nicely.

First check that your frame can handle a Shimano 7-speed FW.
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If you want to swap the brifters from your Raleigh, it is possible.

I added 8 speed brifters to my wife's 1986 Univega and you have to do the same setup that jimmuller described with the addition of spreading the rear frame dropouts. You need to make the dropouts wide enough to accept a 130mm wide hub. If you go that route, rather than what is suggested above, you will need to swap over the wheels (at least rear), cassette, brifters and the derailleurs.

If you don't want to modify your Schwinn frame, then you will need to go with the 7 speed setup using the new brifters. Some of your decision should be based on how well your old brifters are working and exactly what derailleurs you have on your Schwinn... pre-index?

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This is your best bet for the least expense/work: aftermarket brifters compatible with Shimano 7 speed freewheels for $65. : MicroSHIFT Shifters 2X7 Speed SB-R472 Double Shift Lever Brake Derailleur Road Bike Bicycle Derailleur : Sports & Outdoors

If you wanted to swap the parts from the Raleigh, do it! You'd have to move the wheels and derailleurs. See this thread for inspiration:
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