I have a Schwinn Paramount serial H73143 that I'm not really sure what to do with. I'm not a rider any more (used to race when I was a teen) but a couple weeks ago I decided to get my bike out of the shed and see what kind of condition it was in. Pics are below (sorry for the crappy quality, iPhone cameras suck)..
Here's my dilemma, the bike needs to be fixed up but I have zero in the way of tools to work on it. It's also one of the last things that I have from my dad from back when I was racing which was a huge part of my childhood so I think I'd regret selling it (plus it'd be cool to give to my kid one day).
If I were to work on getting this restored, am I in for a huge project? I don't know if there's a local resource around Charlotte, NC that restores bikes so I was wondering if any of you could offer me some advice. Am I looking at a thousand + in cost for restoring? Is this even in restore-able condition?
Should I just leave it as is (except for replacing the chain and taking it to get greased/lubed/cleaned up and replace the sew-ups?
Thanks in advance for any assistance/replies!!