so, i'm still fussing over this
. the bikes coming back from the shop today, having had the bottom bracket reinstalled and a new head set fitted.
I still dont know what to do about gearing. i know i CAN change my cassette and shifter to 9 speed, but am not sure if its worth bothering. Im seeing a lot of conflicting reports regarding reliability and am on a limited budget so dont want to spend where its not worth it. however i will if it is
keep my existing cassette and just buy an alivio thumbshifter and stay with 1x8 (which i have always been happy with)
replace cassette, buy a deore 9 speed shifter and a new chain and gain one more gear and be slightly more modern.
know its not a huge cost difference , but i really need watch what i am spending.
eventually , there shall be pics