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Background: I took my trek fx 7.5 in to get a gearing upgrade the suggestion from a local expert re taking it cross country is in addition to new gearing is to replace wheels, (24) spokes, replace fork with a steel fork from trek 7.3, add bar ends. He said by the time you have done the up grads you have payed 1/3 the cost of a new touring bike - or 1/2 to full price of buying a used bike.
I started reading Craig's List last night and see two bikes in my size. A Fuji touring for 400. And a Cannondale T800 for 300. I'm not going to offer to buy either because I need to learn some things first and I'm not in a rush.
So my buying used question: 1 how do I determine they are not a stollen bikes and 2. How do you determine the condition since I'm not mechanically inclined?
Any suggestions for thinking through this?
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Thanks. Yeah, I think drilling a hole would need the tiniest bit and a hand steadier than mine, but maybe a drill could turn it... I live a long way from anywhere that might sell something like that, so if I can't get it out, I'll ask a car mechanic
While I'm on the subject can anyone explain why touring bikes allies bar-end shifters.
Simple answer is that it's the only way to use modern mountain bike gearing with drop bars. Shimano used to have the same pull in their mountain and road group derailers. That meant you could use road shifters (STI) to shift mountain derailers in the rear (with clusters over 27 teeth). When they went to 10 speed, and now 11, the pull ratio was different between mountain and road. You can still get by with STI and 9 speed gearing if you can get the parts, but the bigger bike manufacturers are slowly tossing in the towel and going to newer models for parts availability.