MikeDee wrote:The 1" threaded headset would keep me from buying that bike. The selection of stems and modern handlebars is minimal these days. I had to go to a quill adapter to get a decent handlebar that I liked....
plenty out there if you look.
I notice that you described your chosen handlebars as 'modern' and that 'you like them' which suggests that in the first place you are worried about how they look and in the second you are not really sure about what is really good about them. The primary thing about handlebars is that they are of a shape that allows you to achieve a desired range of riding positions. IME having squished tubes, funny bends and odd lumps sticking out is not fundamental to this, even if it seems to be an intrinsic feature of most 'modern' handlebars.
Funny how we managed without
handlebars that looked like kicked in dustbins for about a century or so.....
Shimano doesn't even make threaded headsets anymore, which is what I have on my old bike. Instead of replacing the cartridge bearings in it when they wear out, I'll have to buy and fit a whole new headset.
er, shimano "doesn't even make" any
headsets any more and hasn't done for about twenty years. FWIW well specified/adjusted/maintained headset bearings shouldn't wear out, which is probably why you have a 1" headset that must be at least 20 years old. The reason you will have to buy a new headset if the bearings fail is because the cartridge bearings in your headset were a proprietary standard and they are no longer manufactured. The world of headsets is currently awash with proprietary bearing 'standards' and obtaining bearings for those will doubtless be tricky in twenty year's time too. The reason you can still buy a threaded headset and a quill stem is because
a) those parts work well and
b) they ARE manufactured to real standards
, not imaginary/proprietary ones