So, recently dug upp the bike I had when I was a kid. It's an Itoh Mustang, not sure about the year though. I'm guessing mid-80's? Anyone got an idea? This was the bike I flung around my hometown pretending I was Indurain, Zabel or Virenque.
Itoh, as far as a I know, doesn't have much racing heritage, and I think this one was a sort of commuter-racer - note the extra pair of brake levers on the tops! It also comes with Shimano 600 gears, I've been told that's the 80's equivalent to the 105 of today.
I'm normally not one for repainting bikes, but this silver steed doesn't really look all that glorious anymore, especially with a few spots of rust here and there on the frame. Had it been a sad looking celeste Bianchi, the choice would have been easy, but I'm thinking of changing this one completely. Which is why I'm looking to you guys for ideas - what paintjob should I go for? I've been leaning a bit towards a clear red paintjob with white stripes - something like the Ridley Heliums that Lotto-Soudal use at the moment. What do you guys think?
The wheels looking fairly decent, so they'll probably stick around. Other than that, I've been meaning to stick a classic Turbo saddle on it, and a retro-looking bartape. Wiggle has a few decent options when it comes to bartape.
So, any do's and don't-s when it comes to "restoring" this bike? And I do apologize for the sad looking saddle and bell stuck on it. I wasn't a Velominus when I was 13 years old.