I have a Dawes Galaxy which is half way through fettling and has been for a long time.
Things already bought; cartridge bottom bracket, new chain, new large chain ring.
Although it worked last time I rode the bike, the freehub spins in both directions.
I have squirted some WD40 in there and that frees things off for a bit but someone advised me that it would be advisable to replace it.
Firstly, is a freehub with sticky innards destined for the bin?
If so, I seem to have multiple options.
- Replace it with another 7 speed freehub (if I can find one) and use the existing cassette
As above but replace the cassette at the same time
Fit an 8 speed freehub and cassette and a new derailleur (if required)
I have STI gear levers which I assume would handle an 8 speed cassette.
I am assuming I would need a new derailleur to get the extra gear.
I don't know if I need extra space in the frame for the extra gear.
Final thing, three front rings 52/42/30 and the 7 speed rear cassette is 12/28 (which I assume is road bike gearing).
Given that I sometimes get very close to the "granny" on my MTB with road tyres on my regular rides, should I consider a different set of gearing?
I started out replacing the chain and............