I am not a very tall female, and I have been toying with the idea of getting a real road bike, now that I have the transportation aspect of my cycling obsession covered by a Nishiki Mixte and Raleigh DL-1 lady. My step mother is in possession of a mint condition 1984 schwinn super le tour. It is 19" which fits me, and I might add is a hard to find small frame. It is the typical small frame with 27" wheels with short seat tube and long top tube, which is good since I am mostly long in the torso and short in leg anyhow.
It is double butted cromoly main tubes with straight gauge chromoly stays (http://www.trfindley.com/flschwinn_1...984Ltwt12.html), and I rode it recently over the holidays, and besides being unable to activate the brake levers from the hoods, it felt pretty good. I follow the CL all the time and rarely find a decent vintage road bike in this small size (as most weren't ever made so small), so I am tempted to try to convince my step mother to send me her bike (which should not be hard as she has not ridden it in well over 10 years).
So, would this be worth the shipping cost and necessary upgrades to make it rideable to me (aero levers for sure and possible new taller stem and bar tape)?
One thing I found curious about the frame is that the chain stay is not drilled for fenders as far as I can remember-- would it be appropriate to have the frame drilled out for this purpose? I can't stand a bike without fenders-- and I hate p clamps.