I have a few questions about the attempt to balance the all-original aspect with performance. I have a 1990 Tommasini Diamante, steel frame. The bicycle is more or less in 1990 condition, as it saw less than 25 miles of riding.
1) The tires are original Continental Grand Prix 700x23, with skin sidewall. The rubber is certainly a bit dry, but they are still in great shape, fully treaded still. I have only been out on a handful of mid-distance rides on the bicycle due to winter weather, grit, wetness.
- Should I change the tires just because they are 18 years old?
- Should I leave them, test them out come spring, then decide?
- If I change them...does anyone know where I can get good road tires in 700x23 in skinwall style?
- I still like the GP tires, but they don't offer a skin wall, and the colors aren't that appealing, so I guess I could choose all black 2009 GPs.
2) Again, haven't put this bicycle through that much stress yet, to see what it can do...but the Delta brakes have the original brake pads. They certainly stop me, but do chug a bit, which is not a rim/wheel issue as the bicycle is in pristine shape, fully tuned.
- Should I change the brake pads simply because they are 18 years old?
- Should I test them out in the spring, then decide?
- If I change them...can someone remind me of my options? I've read the thread on Delta brake pads...source old, but they are still old, some have modified current pads, someone found a new pad that fits these calipers/holders, right? I can't recall the style...maybe a Japanese company (or Japanese-sounding name...)
3) The pedals are cages with clips and a great Campagnolo toe clip strap. They really hold my feet remarkably well. I have considered leaving them on, as they do work far better than any clip/cage combination I've ever used. But, I ride clipless on my other road bikes.
- Should I switch to clipless because I like it and they are a performance upgrade?
- Should I not switch because I should embrace the feel/style of 1990?
4) I'm still working on figuring out exactly which brake hoods I have, but I'd like to get a different set, and in color. My current hoods are original Campagnolo from ~1990 and they have a little mountain peak above the lever, and the thumb shifter on the inside. I think people felt that Hudz current Campagnolo model would not work for me. Has anyone found a solution, beyond sourcing NOS?