First a little about me. I am 34. 5'9.5 and about 205. Last year I got into MT Biking with my son a little bit...and I have a decent Trek Mt Bike. At the end of last year I was working at a place that was only about 5 miles from my home, and so I picked up a red Schwinn Traveler to use as a commuter bike. It is an 81-82 I think. Heavy as heck...and a 10 speed. The guy had said that he lubed, and had it all tuned up etc. The wheels are very true, and it seems in decent shape...but it is 26 years old and feels "rickety" to me.
This year I had not ridden as much, but over fathers day I went on a 60 mile ride, and then this Thursday on a 20 mile ride, and have started to remember what I enjoyed about riding so much last year. I want to ride more...alot more. the long rides I have gone on were on my Trek Mt Bike, and I just know they would be so much better on a rode bike....but I am just not sure that I like mine.
I started to look at something new, and learned that 700+ is bottom dollar on a new one (unless I get something from Target/Walmart) so that leaves me with the Schwinn again.
What would you do to an old bike like this to make it feel more road worthy, knowing that the guy I bought it from already had hubs, and everything apart and greesed etc?
Any advise, or ideas to make it feel more "modern"? I live in hilly West Omaha, NE...and yes...it really is hilly, and I dont know that 10 speeds is enough range either...of course it could be me just being too dang picky....lol.
Thanks in advance.