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    Which bike and build choices - HELP NEEDED

    I'm a total noob to all of this and am needing some help. I have the following bikes:

    1995 GT Arette - thumb shifters but missing the 3 speed shifter
    1996 Gary Fisher Wahoo - has all parts and currently ride able

    So, I want to build a steel rigid frame commuter / errand runner etc.

    Which is the better bike for what I'm wanting? What are my options for shifters? I do not like the Gary Fisher twist grip shiifters at all. Also, what about tires? Street / hybrid type use in a 700c (GT) or 26" (Wahoo)?

    Can I put the 700c on the Wahoo or no?

    I apologize in advance if these are stupid questions, like I said, I'm a noob just wanting a nice older bike that's fixed up a bit to get exercise on / ride around town on.

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    Assuming they are both the right size.. For a commuter/errand runner thats going to see almost exclusively paved roads I'd go with the bigger wheels on the GT, although I'm not specifically familliar with that model. For tires I'd go with some slightly fatter 38ish mm wide road or all-around type tires. It should be fairly easy and cheap to replace a few missing parts to make it fully functional again.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    thanks. I was thinking of the GT as well. what can I do to make the shifting less "clunky" and smoother? is there a better shifter set for the 3 x 7?

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    Which bike and build choices - HELP NEEDED

    You don't need gears in town.
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    Assuming you're running Shimano, then there's some options.

    The off-the-shelf 7sp stuff is going to be low end. Anything period correct will be a lucky dip to find something that's not flogged out, but you might be lucky in finding something that's had low use before being taken off and stored in somebody's box of parts in the back corner of the garage.

    Another option is to use an 8sp shifter set. Shimano XT ones were pretty good. The spacing between the 7sp cogs and 8sp cogs is the same, so the indexing will work, you just have a redundant "click" on the rear shifter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grumpy View Post
    Assuming you're running Shimano, then there's some options.
    Yes it has Shimano Altus C90. What about Shimano XT 3x7 shifters / levers? would they work?

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    Yes, they would work.

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    For tires I'd go with some slightly fatter 38ish mm wide road or all-around type tires.
    So any recommendations for 700 x 38 tires that are good for road commuting / errand running and won't break the bank?

    Called a store today and they have Specialized Armadillo (2 types) in 700 x 38 but wanted $45 each for them. =(

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    Kenda Kwest or Michelin City for full slicks or WTB All Terrains if you're hitting some dirt. Should be able to find those in the $30 range per tire.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Strangely enough, I was JUST looking at the Michelin City w/ Protek on Amazon. Getting good reviews. However, am I safe on streets / sidewalks etc. with slicks?

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