Okay, so, my mom at some point purchased this suburban new. Of course she's not even sure which decade, but I'm going off the Schwinn badge that it's a '79.
Recently my father has begun riding this bike again. I forced him to buy new tires and tubes, but he really is a cheapskate. Anyway, I've gone on a few short rides with him, and the tires are so wobbly I adjusted them as best I could with the multitool we have. He's pretty heavy and I was worried there might be some spoke breakage. They're better but still slightly wobbly. I was going to just go buy the proper spoke tools, as I intend to anyway, but it has been raining here and the bike has almost no stopping power in the wet, as you all, I am sure, know. So, I've been thinking the safest course of action would be to get some alloy wheels for the bike.
It actually took some convincing ("I like this bike, it reminds be of when I was a kid; it stops well enough!") but eventually he agreed. Then he started saying it should be a ten speed instead of a five speed (he is old and hills are hard!) and I'm thinking I'd like to put some better brakes on it to go with the new wheels. I have some diacompe that I will need to find a way to mount onto the bike properly, as it has just the side pull caliper setup, and these are direct pull.
So, that brings me to why I am here bothering everyone again! I believe the BB is english threaded, which should give me some options. Should I reuse the freewheel and just swap out the crank and BB or should I try to find the same types? Derailleurs? Etc. I suppose I just want a suggestion (maybe a source even?) of some decent parts that will work together at a reasonable price. I assume swapping the gears will require replacing the chain, but that's alright.
He doesn't seem to care that the parts are right in flavor with the bike, or anything, so would the best bet be just to get something cheap from the LBS? He doesn't deal in used parts, so I figured maybe just the wheelset.
So, to recap,
Trying to convert to 10 speed that shifts decently enough, get new alloy wheels (tires and wheels on it are 27x1 1/4) which wills top on the rain, and upgrading the brakes (I attached a picture of the brakes I'll be using) which I think will require mounts that arn't on the bike.
Pretty cheaply, if possible!