I was fortunate enough to recently acquire a free 1988 fuji sagres sp "sport touring" bike (according to fuji). I would like to make the bike a bit more versatile and plan on using it as my shore bike this summer and also as a backup to my primary ride; a Trek 7.2 FX hybrid. Since I am new to cycling (just started riding in July at age 44) I would like to upsize the tires myself. This would also teach me how to fix a flat. I'll probably take it to Performance and have them do a complete tune up so I'll have a baseline with the bike that I can be confident with. From that point on, I also plan on using the bike to teach me other aspects of maintenance. The bike appears to be in excellent condition. I do not have photo at this time but I'll try to get one soon.
Photo of bike from original catalog (my bike is red)
Spec sheet from catalog (Fuji Sagres SP spec on far left)
I did not measure the interior rim width yet but was thinking about going up to a 700 x 32 from the the stock 700 x 25. Does this sound ok or should I be more conservative (700 x 28)? I'd like to be able to take it on paved and gravel packed trails as well as the boardwalk (which can be quite bumpy in some spots). I was also thinking about putting dual brake levers on it as an insurance policy since I'm not yet used to riding in the drops. For now I believe the down tube shifters are fine since down at the shore it's basically flat. The bike shifted really nice on the short jaunt I took on it.
If anyone else has any other suggestions or comments please chime in. Thanks in advance.
If this is the wrong forum for this, moderators feel free to move it. I figured those in this forum will know something about an older bike like this.