Hello. I picked up an old Pathfinder at a yard sale a couple months ago. Had to replace the tires and a cable. I absolutely love this old bike and ride it often. The only thing that I do not care for is the handlebar stem. I am thinking about trying to change it to something that will allow a more comfortable ride position. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I also plan on slowly upgrading all the components as time and funds allow. The shifters, in particular, seem to have a very sloppy movement.
I have been out of biking for several - ok, many
- years. Can anyone give some advice on decent, yet affordable, components? Shifters, etc?
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MuddyFox is, apparently, very rare over here in the US. I can find no information about them here.
The overly long and flat stem is why I moved my pathfinder on, I just couldn't get on with it and it seemed like sacrilege to use it with a non-matched stem. You won't have the option though as the rarity in the US as I just got a 1989 Courier comp and replaced it with that. I would suggest that you have a look for something like 110mm-120mm with about 10 degrees of rise as this should make it more comfortable and handle a lot better.