I am building a road bike; its a retro kona mountain bike frame so I suppose technically a hybrid.
I was originally just going to make a simple single speed, then decided on having gears - for general road use and maybe more. However, I can't decide how many speeds (8? 9? 10? 11? and front, 2 chainrings? 3?)
Also the shifters etc seem horrendously expensive (the ones integrated with the brake levers), but can't seem to find an alternative - but would like this style...
Tried looking at groupsets, but I don't need brakes and am wary about used cassettes etc. My Bianchi rear wheel already has a used Miche 9 speed on it which I should probably renew (came second hand, can't judge its wear very well...)...
Any advice on the most cost effective way of sorting this issue out; pitfalls, perils; and help deciding on the speed to go for would be appreciated - I am not too fussed, but just want a decent quality build out of it that is reasonably versatile. I'm very handy but haven't fiddled with major gearing and shifters before, so consider this when throwing technical details at me!
(Or anyone with some old gear around they have upgraded, willing to donate at a reasonable price...?)
1993 Kona Hahanna 14" "The Beast" in two tone red/silver
1993 Kona Hahanna 14" - the CHROME project (don't ask. But it will be pretty)
1998 Kona Hahanna 14", named "Aries", in scarlet red
1994 Kona Hahanna 14" codename 'Death Bike', currently ratty rusty royal blue, one day satin black + carbon
RESCUE HOME FOR:
Any 14" Kona Hahanna frame 1993-2000 + compatible parts...+ incompatible parts, I suppose..since I always tend to 'find a way'...oh well, just parts generally....WANTED: Propulsion/equilibrium tires, atm