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Advice Needed Soon!(6 posts)

Advice Needed Soon!Ince
Jun 28, 2001 2:30 PM
I have the oppertunity to buy some new campy chorus 8 speed ergo shifters for $135 US. The shifters i have now are downtube friction shifters, and i don't like them very much. The bike was bought a year ago, never ridden, and it is a Gardin (canadian built i think) from the mid 80's. Good bike, steel frame, and we only paid $400 cdn. Also, I'm not sure if my current rear deraillur will work. Im on seven speed, with excel parts, but the spacing in the cogs should be the same, and i think i have room for an extra cog if i want it. Are the shifters a good deal? I'm on a tight budget, with university, but they would make the bike so much more fun, and raceable. Thoughts?
Not So Fast!grz mnky
Jun 28, 2001 2:34 PM
Ahhh, the compatibility issue of some newer shifters and old parts. Ultimately it will cost you quite a bit more than you (currently) think. Seven speed isn't compatible with much of anything. You can cob stuff together and make it work, but it won't work that well. The tried and true(?) advice is to try not to mix vintage with modern parts - the specs keep changing.
Agreed, but...Cima Coppi
Jun 28, 2001 6:49 PM
If money is tight, and this is a deal too good to pass-up, buy it, then search E-bay for the other needed 8-speed components. I've seen many Campy 8-speed hubs, cassettes, and derailleurs going for a song. The only thing you may have difficulty finding is the chain.

Also, You'll like the Gardin. My college roommate had one, and it was a great bike. Is it Oria tubing?
Agreed, but...empirebikes
Jun 28, 2001 10:38 PM
Here is the deal. The spacing between the 7 spd cogs and 8 speed cogs is different. You will have to have an 8 speed cogset and a rear derailleur that is compatible with your shifters. A current 9 spd chain will work fine with the 8spd. Be sure to check the spacing of your rear dropouts, you may still have 127mm spacing where current spacing is 130mm. This can be stretched by a trained mechanic since you are using a steel frame. If your wheel is a spin on style freewheel you can get an 8spd freewheel, otherwise you will have to get a new hub with an 8spd freehub body.
No, It's columbia champion tubingInce
Jun 29, 2001 1:34 AM
Very nice ride. It's purple though. oh well, i can get it repainted in the future.
re: Advice Needed Soon!mackgoo
Jun 29, 2001 12:31 AM
I'm thinking that may be a little steep. Brand new Record goes for right around 200$ Tell them you'll give him 75$ and settle at 100$.