I'm pretty new to working on old bikes, but I'm interested in taking on this challenge. I just recently bought a '87 Schwinn Le Tour and over the bike frame is great condition. The chain and rear cog are rusty though. It needs new tires and tubes, new handle bar tape and probably just a complete cleaning and regreasing/oiling.
Here are a couple of pics of the 87 Le Tour. I've included a picture of the Stong Light Crank, and the Freewheel. Should I be able to clean the cassette up, or does it look like a replacement is necessary? If I do need to replace it what type of Freewheel do I need to get?
I've started dismantling the Schwinn, and I have a couple of questions. Should I purchase the tools necessary to remove the crank and bb or leave that to a professional? If it's not that difficult what tools exactly will I need? I'd like to regrease the bearings and clean out all the old 27yr gunk.
While I was messing around with the cranks I broke the dust caps, are replacement dust caps for Strong Light crank arms easy to get or is there a compatible part?
Since I have taken the headset apart to clean the bearings should I just reuse the bearings or is it wise to replace them now? I also have the same question about the bearings in the hubs? Also is it possible to take the hubs apart with regular wrenches to do I need bicycle specific thinner wrenches?
I'm sure there will be more questions as I keep moving along in this project.