I have a 1973 (GJ8--161), 26" Cool Lemon Super Sport that I am prepping to be my newest road bike, to share duties with my 80 Continental.
The bike was received in good condition, and has cleaned up very well.
The only item I question if original or not is the rear derailleur. The unit mounted is a SUNTOUR GT, 4532 is the only number marking on the hanger bracket.
This was out of adjustment when received and it appeared was taken for a ride in that condition as the spoke protector is marked fairly deep on the outer edge where the unit over extended.
It adjusted correctly into place, yet this question has been hanging in the back of my mind.
Any insight will be appreciated.
Also, I am installing new brake and derailleur cables, black casings instead of original grey, as well as new brake pads, and of course tires.
I am considering removing the present brake handles and replace with single lever type and would appreciate any suggestions.
I have a new set of Continental Ultra Sports that was planned to be used on another project, yet am considering moving to Continental Gatorskins or another quality tire. Thoughts
I use Ultras on my 1980 Continental and they ride well, yet the Super Sport's plans will include some longer distance road rides as well as my normal MUP bike rotation shared with my other bikes.
This was received with original Brooks B15, in good shape, plan to swap with my B17 Imperial.
Also, have NOS lemon bar tape, but also considering a cork wrap, bought Cork Bar Wrap in the Black/Yellow Splash scheme. I have been riding my steel frames with gel gloves, so tape is for finish look more than comfort.
Am I doing the ride wrong deviating from original to much? The cool lemon was a great color (IMHO) and shouts Schwinn when observed.
Ideas are welcomed, as presently I am divided which approach to take on this vintage bike, so thank you.
With luck I am hoping this to be my transportation with Tom S' team at the 2009 Tour de Cure in Indy.