I've come back to biking after a while, and currently commute on an 06 Rockhopper comp with semi-slick tires. I like that it's tough, modern and comfy.
In the back of the garage, I have a late-80's road bike...it's a "Miele", which is steel framed (I think it's Chromoly) and from what I remember, very quick but with fragile wheels (I'm 6'3, and was close to 250 when i rode it but am 220 now). It's got old friction gears, old wheels etc, but I think it's in good shape.
I've become pretty good at minor things (adjustments, insalling stuff) but have steered away from the harder-core stuff like truing wheels, installing new derailleurs, etc. Here's what I'm thinking I'd like to do...basically turn this into a second option commuting / weekend tourer, by doing the following:
- get and install new wheels and tires
- upgrade friction gears to the "clicky" ones (is that just the shifter, or will it need a new derailleur)
- update other stuff as indicated (cables, chain, main bearing, etc).
So...how hard would it be, what sort of budget should I ask the wife for, and would you do it if you were me? would you do it all yourself, or just some and use the bike store for the rest? How tough can I make it with new wheels?