Re: What's the best way to go 8-speed?
>I plan on spending around $100 on the bike and 300-500 on a nice wheelset.An Alfine hub in silver is $250, shifter will run you ~$25 for Nexus gripshift or ~$45 for thumb shifter. If you can use the old rim, then spokes run ~$35, add ~$45 for a new rim and ~$50 for labor. A built up Alfine wheel w/shifter can get to ~$400 pretty quickly. It's been my experience that nice bikes are closer to $200, esp if you're on the taller side (big bikes are less common and seem to go for a premium).
I bet by the time your done adding new tires and a nice tune up, you'll be closer to $800, labor extra....