How to go from down tube shifters to STI on an old road bike?
January 1, 2006 10:25 PM Subscribe
Road bike fix-er-uper question! The short of it is I want to upgrade an old cannondale road bike from down tube shifters to STI. Is it economical vs. dropping the cash on a whole new bike? Where to get started learning how to do us?
posted by joshgray to sports, hobbies, & recreation (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The long of it: I've been riding a nice triathlon bike for years and years now. I have had this beater roadbike that i ride in bad weather, and just for a change every once in a while. I love the feel of road bikes (vs. the tri bike geometry) and want to ride it more but the down tube shifters are a p_a_i_n.
I dont want to drop the cash on a whole new rig, as i don't mind riding this trusty old steel beast. Looking at shifters on performancebike.com looks resonable, but I have no clue about if STI is compatible with the old shifting equipment on this beast. Where to get started? Advice? Should i just shut up and save the pennies for a new rig?