Found a great bike last year at a yard sale - Batavus Professional, Columbus tubing and Gallis blue-adonized components throughout. In great shape, with only surface spots on the fork. New seat and tires, and I've been riding it a year. LOVE the bike.
I'm thinking about several upgrades or options and want need some feedback.
1) Replace the Regina Extra freewheel (6 sp.) with 7 sp. freewheel. From what I read, this can be done and is not too costly. The Regina is a racing setup and it's nearly unrideable in the hilly sections of my group ride.
2) Replace groupset with mid/lower level components that include brifters. This will be a bigger investment in parts and trouble, but I would like to do it for $500 or less (my family insists on eating!)
3) Sell the bike as-is and buy an updated model. Not my favorite option, but I'm not a collector.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.