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Converting to STI ???(3 posts)

Converting to STI ???Pricey
May 6, 2002 12:43 PM
I have an old road bike that I have sprayed up and started using. It all feels ok but having 10 gears and down tube shifters is a real pain after my MTB. Is it a viable option to convert to STI (I know I can buy all the bits but will it work ??)
Any past experiences, thoughts or any other comments would be greatly appreciated.
PS I am based in the UK
can it be done?laffeaux
May 9, 2002 4:45 PM
Sure it can be converted to STI, however you'll find that after you spread your frame and buy all new parts that it's a lot more cost effective to buy a new bike. If it's a great frame, do it. If it's your old Schwinn Varsity, skip it.
can it be done?...yes, but leave retro!Bil Bikie
May 11, 2002 3:24 PM
I aggree...keep it as is. Cold setting the chainstays may screw up alignment with the chain wheels. If it's all original and in good shape, clean it up and have some retro fun...use it as commuter...a rainy day bike. Or better yet,
convert it to a one-speed. Use only the inner chainwheel
position and a BMX single speed freewheel. You could try to find a track wheel that accepts two sprockets (one on each side of hub...might be hard to find though). 42 x 18 will give you a 63 inch gear, so you'll be doing more spinning than hanmmering.

Let me know!