Greetings! I just joined this site. I used to be an avid biker (before I learned to drive), but I haven't really ridden in years...decades really. I'm just getting back into biking. My dad bought me a steel blue s12s in 1981 and I can remember the excitement of going to a LBS to pick one out. My dad wanted to get me a bike and the other one we (more like my dad) was considering was the Raleigh SuperCourse. Which one was the better bike?
Anyhow I remember the bikes that hung on the walls of the shop and the smell of rubber, manufactured metal, plastic, and probably chemicals - all of which now I attribute to good bike smells. I had a choice of colors - steel blue, ebony, or...brown I think it was. I chose the blue and I still have it to this day. I've replaced the suntour vx RD with vx-GT then with a shimano altus. I've replaced the brake hoods, a few of the cables and the bar tape. Rest of the components are stock original. It's still a pretty good ride at 25 lbs or so.
I'd like to know what component I can upgrade to in order to drop the weight. How much would I have to spend to do these upgrades? or should I keep it as is as it's running fine? I do have some newer bike envy (anything newer than 81) so I've been thinking of selling this bike and buying another one (steel or titanium framed) or just upgrading this one and buying another one. Thoughts? Thanks!
On a side note what tools should I get to work on bikes? I don't mind spending money on tools....