+1. IMHO they offer superior ride quality too.lemmy said:Thanks all, this is exactly the kind of info. I was looking for.
I know what you're saying about the Trek bike. It looks good. (Too big for me but I'm sure there are more similar ones out there.) I've just got an idea that I would like a bike with a bit more character, and it would be nice to customise something. I prefer the look of thin tube steel bikes too. I'm looking at a Holdsworth 531 12 speed for £100 - maybe I'm crazy and that's not such good value? By the time I got a new cassette, back wheel, chain, STI levers etc., I wonder how much I would have spent? (any ideas?) And a cold set would probably be required too...
just fitted 9 speed mirage ergo's to my holdsworth. i'd already put a 8 speed on the back some years ago. they were £69 including cables from ribble.palinurus said:It can work out expensive to fit new shifters- really depends on which ones you go for.
You could save money by obtaining a donor bike with useable STI bits on and swapping the stuff over and selling what you don't need or looking for S/H shifters and other parts (sellers sometimes break bikes down- often they can sell the bits separately for more than a complete bike)
£100 doesn't sound unreasonable for a 531 bike in fair condition.