I posted this in inquiries, but I think this gets more traffic and is technically the correct place to put it.
Well, first bike since I was eight anyways. I've been scouring Craigslist in desperation for transportation, and all I was finding was BSOs for twenty dollars. They'll get the job done, but for fifty a member here (jril) offered me a Univega Nuovo Sport, and it's awful tempting.
From what I've heard, she got it used with most of the parts taken off to make it a fixie. She put the parts back on, so now it's a 12 speed, and replaced the drops(which I dislike anyways) with moustache handlebars. New saddle I know as well.
My biggest concern is fixing things when they inevitably need fixing. I don't know how much the parts of an 80s bike differ from a bike now. I can do repairs at home if I must; I'd rather actually, so I'll know if something ever breaks while I'm out. (Got that from my mom; she learns to work on any car she has herself just in case.) I just want to be sure I can find parts I'd need. If it's a nice ride, I've no qualms with replacing whole components in the future if I have to. I've heard on other threads I looked up like this that the wheels are a funny size; I don't know if it has the originals or not, if it doesn't, should I replace them when I have the money to? What size would/could I replace them with?
Sorry for my newbie questions, I've never had a vintage bike before, and I'm only starting to learn the names of different parts and components. Though my budget is miniscule(microscopic really), and even this price is at the top of my budget, I'd like to get a nice bike I enjoy.
Tomorrow I'm going to go check out the probably BSO, but I can't get my mind off the Univega. The BSO comes with a rack, a basket like pannier, and a bottle cage, which is very tempting, but I've read good things around the forum about the Univega bikes.