Upgrades for Raleigh Kodiak touring bike
I've got a Raleigh Kodiak road bike (circa 1985),
that I have put a moderate number of miles on. Many of these miles have been on gravel road. I parked it 5 years ago and have recently started riding again. I really like the frame and the ride that this bike provides, (someone on another listserve described as being like a Buick if Buick made bikes). I am thinking of upgrading the deraillers. Currently shifting is not smooth and requires a lot of fiddling with to eliminate chain rub. The current deraillers have "Shimano Light Action" stamped on the rear, and just Shimano on the front. Can anyone recommend what a good pair of deraillers would be for this bike? I would also be interested if anyone out there is familiar w/Raleighs of this generation and what other upgrades have made a difference and been worth it.
Key question is "worth it"? You have a bike that might be worth $150 on a good day, and it's pretty hard to invest less than that once you head down the upgrade path. What you would have at the end of that path is a $150 bike with better derailleurs. But that's your choice. Certainly any low-end modern derailleur would be better than what you have on there, so shop for deals and sales, perhaps in the Shimano Tiagra range. You will find Nashbar and Performance (same company, different web sites) with regular sales going on, so just be patient.
Originally Posted by portsample
Beyond that, wheels are the most often recommended upgrade, but I'm guessing that you might have 27 inch wheels instead of the current standard 700c, so maybe best bet would be digging around for the best 27 inch tires you can find. Look at the markings on the tires to figure out what wheel size you have. If you do have 700c, then you're still looking at spending $150+ on a $150 bike. You might be better off to save your pennies and put them toward a newer (used) bike. You can get some pretty good performance in late '90s bikes for $250-300.
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