I've got an old 1990 Trek 950 with 7-speed Deore LX, and I threw on some On-One Midge drop bars. I'd like to put on bar-end shifters, but the 7-speed ones seem pretty hard to come by (and expensive when they do pop up). Eventually I'll be using this bike for some light trail riding, commuting, and also some loaded touring with slicks.
I seem to have at least a couple options to make this work, so it would be nice to get some input from others.
1. I could get 8 or 9-speed bar end shifters and just use friction shifting. I'm not entirely sure the pull would be the same, so this might not work at all.
2. I could upgrade the entire drivetrain to 9-speed, which I understand would require me to buy, at the very least, a new 9sp cassette, chain, 3x9 front derailleur, possibly rear derailleur(?), rear wheel (supposedly I can re-dish the old one and buy a new freehub, but I'd rather not bother), on top of the 9-speed bar end shifters.
Is there an easier way? 9-speed would be nice, but I'd rather not end up replacing the majority of the existing drivetrain. In other words, what is the cheapest way for me to get bar-end shifters onto my old 7sp Trek?
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