I'm looking for advice on upgrading an 83 Bridgestone 400. A generous co-worker recently gave me this bike with the stipulation that I put the work into it to get it back into rideable condition - and ride it. It cleaned up pretty well despite spending the last 5 years sitting outside, but I'm thinking about replacing some of the components to make it a lighter weight replacement for my heavy mountain bike commuter setup. It will need to be comfortable to ride on a 35min commute involving about 1100' of climbing.
First, it has stem shifters which really bother me while I'm climbing; when standing out of the saddle my right knee often bumps the lever for the rear shifter, causing the bike to shift up to harder gears. Not cool. I have no experience with road bikes or friction shifting, but I know I should be able to find parts to move the levers to the downtube or to the end of the bars - any recomendation one way or the other?
Also, it has platform pedals without clips, so my feet have a tendency to slip of a lot. I haven't been able to remove the pedals yet (they're seized on tight), so I'm not sure if my clipless pedals have the right size threading to fit on this bike, but I intend to try them out soon. Otherwise, what thoughts do folks have on aesthetics and functionality for hillclimbing pedals on a bike like this?
Thanks! I'll put up some pictures soon.