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New wheel?

sjgray86sjgray86 Posts: 2
edited August 2014 in The workshop
Good afternoon,

I have a Raleigh Spirit from the 80s (I think) which I used to ride a lot when I lived in Cambridge. However, the back wheel got bent, and I haven’t ridden it since. I wanted to get it back to working order but had a couple of questions, which you may be able to help me with.

Firstly, is it worth replacing both wheels?

Secondly, I really struggled to get to grips with the friction gearing (also because of the positioning of the shifters). As I need to replace the back wheel anyway, would this be a good opportunity to change to an indexed system, with changers on the handlebars?

Obviously I don’t want to spend too much on what is a nice but old bike, but with the availability of second hand parts, I was just curious.

Thanks ever so much for your time,



  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 27,933
    Sounds like you want to spend a lot of money on an old bike... not worth it... keep it as it is and replace the wheel with something second hand cheap and cheerful
    left the forum March 2023
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