had a go at cycling!! yay!! she went out tonight with some friends who have been going out for a few weeks (in the name of losing a couple of pounds) and are enjoying it. She has an old MTB in the garage which I cleaned up a few weeks back which was like a death trap! - it was a 'universal' something or other and is around 20yrs old - no really.. (I spent ages cleaning it up and she never even touched it - although in fairness I don't think I'd have let her!!) so...she has borrowed her mums old bike - a steel raleigh commuter thing - to have a go on. She brought it round last night and I cleaned it up, re-greased and oiled where needed - it fits her quite well. I was hoping to a little service would make her first adult cycling experience a bit better so whe might carry on. anyway - stripped it down and the frame is lovely! - a nice proper, lugged steel 'made in england' raleigh frame probably about 12-15yrs old. But the components are atrocious! each of the wheels weigh more than the frame - they are steel rims, chromed but flaking and rusting a bit. the bearings feel ok though. and the rear mech is and old non-series shimano part and brakes are weinemann side pulls that were probably crap 15yrs ago and are awful now. so finally - my question is - am I flogging a dead horse trying to re-vitalise this bike? I was thinking of a cheap set of shimano R500 wheels (£50?) with an 8sp cassette and a new 8sp flat bar shifter - this along wth some new brakes would be an amazing upgrade to the old dog. or should I not bother and if she likes it, put the money towards something like a spesh sirrus? any thoughts??