A neighbour has asked me to look at his son's bike to fix a few bits that his son has tried but failed to maintain. That's no problem.
The only requirement is to possibly upgrade the shifters.
It currently has Alivio 8 speed combined shifter/v-brake lever units.
He can't afford discs so i was wondering if it was worth getting some separate shifters (possibly LX) and brake levers. However 8 speed stuff seems to be really hard to acquire.
Any pointers to somewhere that sells 8 speed shifters or an alternative approach? Yes, I've tried google but I'm coming up blank. No, he doesn't want a singlespeed.