A 410 Trek and Raleigh Triumph: Looking for advice
I have a bunch of questions I wanted to ask to the experienced bike community. I am a newbie so most of my knowledge when it comes to road bikes and bicycles in general comes from reading a few webpages in the last couple of days. (sheldonbrown, vintage-trek and so on).
I have recently come into possesion of two road bikes:
1) A 1985 410 trek. Checked the serial and it should be the 410 described here: http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/85TrekSport.pdf
2) A Raleigh Triumph with serial number beginning with 7B94G. I am guessing this is from 1979 but I am not sure as it doesn't really fit in the dating scheme described here:
The trek is 21" frame (12 speed) and the Raleigh about 25" (10 speed) and I am 5'10" so please keep this in mind.
The trek is in decent shape except the wheels and tires (chain a bit rusty too). The from wheel wobbles a lot to the point of hitting against the brakes and it seems to have a protrusion around that area. This one looks really bad so I am thinking about replacing it. The rear wheel seems Ok for the most part but when I flip the bike over and spin it fast, I notice a kick or hop (or whatever it's called) in the vertical direction. I am not sure this can be fixed by trueing the wheel but I guess this is part of why I am posting here. The tires seem in bad shape but here is my first question:
The wheels are 27x1-1/4" but the tires are listed in the brochure I list above as 27x1-1/8" and I have looked at a bunch of online stores and it doesn't seem like 27x1-1/8" tires are around. I can find 27x1-1/4" tires just about everywhere so what is generally recommended in this case? I have also looked at wheels and I am not sure what type of brand to go with. I don't want to spend too much but I also want to get a decent wheel. Any suggestions? (obviously I have looked at bikepartsusa, nashbar, wheelworld)
What about tire brands? Kevlar or would just regular tires do. Would like to go on ride 10-20 miles on bike paths but not really for daily commute (not right now at least).
The Raleigh is rideable as it is; I had to buy a couple of wheel nuts but that's about it. It is 25" frame (c-t) and I have the seat adjusted way down for obvious reasons. The frame is is very good shape, looks like original paint and original components (so does the trek by the way). It can use a new set of tires as the old ones look cracked at some places. I really like the ride on this one, it feels very comfortable. It could also use a new owner; one at a minimum 6'1" or taller but I will keep this while I fix the trek.
It seems like I have made up my mind about fixing the trek and possibly trading or selling the Raleigh eventually but I am willing to entertain just about all kinds of suggestions. All advice is appreciated. Thanks