Old bike - small makeover

zammmmo Posts: 315
edited October 2008 in Workshop
Hi there, need some advice resurrecting an old road bike (used to race on it 10 years ago but now just for x-training duty) with quill style stem and STI shifters that don't work. Am I right in thinking I can get a quill to threadless converter, then get a 1.125 aheadset stem with say 31.6 bar tube width and then get some new bars, and then fit the existing 8-speed STI shifters to the larger diameter bars - assuming the loss of shifting is simply cable related?? I'm hoping by doing this I don't have to change the forks and/or steerer tube as quite happy with them.

Links for suggesteed components:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/Cycle/7/Profi ... 360036059/

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=10932

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=12631

Thanks! :wink:


  • robbarker
    robbarker Posts: 1,367
    No problem with the headset and bar arrangement,.
  • zammmmo
    zammmmo Posts: 315
    Thanks for the reply - I understand there are 3 standards for handlebar tube width - the old 25.8mm, the newish 26mm and oversize 31.8mm. Is the width the same throughout the bar? I've looked at the circular clamps that attach the STI shifters to my bars and there doesn't seem to be enough play for them to fit around a 31.8mm width.

    So do 31.8mm bars only have that width at the centre and slim down where the shifters attach OR can different clamps be attached to the shifters to accommodate different tube width?
  • Slow Downcp
    Slow Downcp Posts: 3,041
    31.8mm bars are only in the centre where the stem clamps
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