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Old 05-05-06, 08:53 PM
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What to do about wheels?

So I'm going on my first tour, and i'm going to be using an old Miyata that I'm upgrading. The bike is in pretty good shape and was definitely well taken care of but I'm not sure about what i want to do with the wheels. They are Araya aluminum rims laced to Suntour hubs with the older screw on 5 speed freewheel. I was planning on upgrading, one because who doesn't like gettiong new parts... two, i'd like to be able to have more gears...and three, I was worried about strength, givien the age of the wheels, and I'd have to get the wheels re-trued.
Also, the tour is about 350 miles, I'm 135 lbs, and I'll prolly have around 25 lbs of stuff with me..i can't imagine having more than 30.
I was looking at a set of Open Pro's on ultrega hubs for around 200 on performance bikes, Im looking in the $2-300 range
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If the rims, spokes and hubs are in "pretty good" condition, and you can live with the existing gearing, why not leave it? I would be more worried about old tires; rubber deterioriates much faster than metal.

Long before the advent of 27 and 30 gear bikes, people toured with 10 and 15 gears. My Miyata 1000 (circa 1985) was a 12-speed, I think. You do not need a lot of gears to tour; you need a wide range of gears. Check whether your old five speed freewheel will give you a range that will work for you and the type of touring you are planning.
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The wheels should be fine especially for your weight and load. Be proud to tour on that vintage machine and equipment. Back then, no one would have second guessed it. I know how it is about buying gear so I am not one to talk someone out of upgrading. However, it wouldn't be just wheels, but shifters, cassette, cables housing, rear derailleur.... After you add it up, you might change your mind. 350 miles is a relatively short tour and a good test to see if you like your present set up. Go for it and make a decision afterwards.
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However, it wouldn't be just wheels, but shifters, cassette, cables housing, rear derailleur.... After you add it up, you might change your mind.
yeah i knew about the cassette but i wasn't sure about derailleur...i figured the shifters were fine since they were just friction downtube shifters..i was also going to see how far i could adjust the derailleur to see if it could handle the 9 speed cassette, but im assuming it wouldnt be able to

im going to do a 60 mile ride next week, i guess ill just true these wheels up and see how i feel about the gearing
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but i will still take any wheel suggestions anyone has
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I have the original Araya rims on my old Trek 830. I pound 'em around town and I ride very long day trips all the time. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Measure your rear hub spacing. If it's 120, that pretty much rules out upgrading since anything you would want to "invest" in these days would probably be 135 and up. I had a whole mountain bike of parts that should have been perfect for moving to a touring bike they were LX grade and 21 speed. Turned out not to be all that useful, so many details have changed that affect stuff. Like the others I don't doubt you could ride your current bike just fine, only problem is that parts of PA are ridiculously steep, so good luck!
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I just upgraded my old Miyata by buying a used set of Mavic Open Pro wheels. They had a 9sp cassette on them, so I spread the rear fork slightly to get the wheel on. A new chain and everything works great. The rear Suntour derailluer works all nine gears to perfection mated to friction shifters, and the front chainrings (a triple) work fine with the 9 sp chain. The cantilever brakes mated up perfectly after some slight adjustment.

So I went from a 15 speed (which was darned near impossible to find parts for) to a 27 speed using mostly modern parts for less than $200. (I also bought new tires)

The bike rides great.

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I just upgraded my old Miyata by buying a used set of Mavic Open Pro wheels. They had a 9sp cassette on them, so I spread the rear fork slightly to get the wheel on. A new chain and everything works great. The rear Suntour derailluer works all nine gears to perfection mated to friction shifters, and the front chainrings (a triple) work fine with the 9 sp chain. The cantilever brakes mated up perfectly after some slight adjustment.

So I went from a 15 speed (which was darned near impossible to find parts for) to a 27 speed using mostly modern parts for less than $200. (I also bought new tires)

The bike rides great.

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Ahh i was just all convinced to stick with my wheels and then u told me about what u did and it was exactly what I was planning on doing haha well im going to go for a 60 miler this weekend coming up and see how the wheels work out..if everything is good then ill just stick with them...if i have problems then ill look into the new wheels..thanks
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