I have a carbon fiber scott CR1 that I love very much, it got me hooked onto biking. I've now joined a collegiate cycling team and I'm considering trying to race next season. Since I'm brand new and I really don't want to crash with my carbon fiber bike, I want to try to race with this old '86 Cannondale SR600 that I have too. I know I'm not out to win anything, so at least for the first few races I might try it with this old bike. Or even if I don't race with it, I think it's weight will be good training for me.
That said, I need some pointers as to what I can do to improve on the bike. I'd appreciate component suggestions and recommendations on what to change to. I think I'll be comfortable to spend up to ~$500.
My concerns are, in order of priority:
2. Saddle (the Selle Italia Flite is classic but I can only last <1hr on it, I like the Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow, but I'm slowly waiting on ebay for a good price)
3. Yes, I will remove the reflectors.
4. DT shifters? (but brifters are really expensive)
6. Only 12 speed?
***What would be the #1 thing you would change on it?
Thanks for your input!