Re: OK, absolute newb here.......
blue g- I don't think that the shift kits are legal in Pa. And once we travel I'm not sure about most of the legalities of places we go. That's why I might just gear down for hills and lose higher speeds as a trade off. Gonna rely on being responsible old goats to avoid legal problems.
Beginner- yeah, been leaning towards steel the whole time. Just like how everything seems to be built into that frame. I don't weld anymore, but I know a good fitter who can tig. Been pricing old Schwinns and Ross's. Wish I would've kept my old Schwinn Hybrid!
Tyler- Yep! Don't feel like towing!