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Old 08-13-08, 10:47 PM
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question on updating a classic

I got a really nice, new Raleigh Super Grand Prix the other day. It is my first road bike. I am getting sick of the friction shifters and want to update, I want to keep all the parts European. I am looking at Campagnolo. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to get? I'm sorry if I didn't include enough information. The bike is early '70's. I found this setup
but I am not sure if i should get it or something else. Please let me know what you guys think.
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Old 08-13-08, 11:08 PM
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I didn't notice a brake reach selection? The SGP needs a pretty long reach. Looks like complete overkill for an upgrade, just my opinion though.,,,,BD
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Unfortunately I tend to agree with the above post. This bike sold for about $300 new and is a really nice bike. I also feel that it is not worth spending , maybe $500 + ?, on parts alone . You could probably look into getting a newer complete European bike.
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The Super Grand Prix is a fine bike, but there are still a lot of nicer bikes to do that kind of upgrade to. If you don't like the friction, you could do index bar-end shifters and a new rear derailleur to get what you want.

On the other hand, if it floats your boat, you should feel fine about outfitting a Varsity with Dura Ace 10. You do need a well-developed sense of irony to do so.

Veloce is a really nice group and will last well if you go that way.
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What is your specific objection to friction shifting? If you simply don't like taking a hand off the handlebars, non-indexed barcons are a superb option. You can also get bosses which clamp onto your handlebars and accommodate your existing downtube levers.

Since I always keep my mountain bike's indexed thumb shifters in friction mode, you can easily surmise how I feel about the whole friction-vs-indexed debate.
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