I am new to this forum and new to cycling.
I've been having a lot of fun on my late 70's Schwinn Varsity and I ride it at least 100 miles per week.
It rides fine, but I want to get some modern or vintage parts on there to handle hills better and also to improve braking.
Went to some bike shops and have been getting quotes on some of the work I want done.
Seeing that I'm in the $500 + range for parts and labor, I thought I might consider riding some other decent condition, used bikes of those periods, to see if I can find a bike I like even more.
So what I'd like to know from anyone here who cares to share, are some lists of bike makes and models which were considered to be excellent build quality for their time.
I don't care about weight.
I don't need to be told that the bike I have is not worth putting the work into.
I have no interest in a newer bicycle.
I don't care much about speed.
I test rode dozens of new bikes for two months.
Liked none as much as an old 70's steel frame bicycle.
I like the weight. I like everything about the frame. I'm unattached to the rest of it, despite liking the looks.
I do care about durability and strength.
I wanted to go to an aluminum wheel because I was told I'd get better stopping power in wet conditions.
This led me down a path where changing nearly everything, was what I was told was necessary to get what I wanted while still retaining several choices for parts.
Any advice on accomplishing the work to this bike, and/or opinions on other quality steel frame bicycles of yore, would be greatly appreciated.