Finally, I found a decent, old school road bike. From all the pics and questions that I looked at and asked, it seems to be in exceptional condition. Super clean 1987, 4130 chromoly frame, USA made, Schwinn Traveler 12 speed. Exactly what I was looking for, as I didn't want to dump a lot of money into a newer bike until I found out if I truly wanted to be a road biker, again.(Been a long time since I owned, and USED something like this)
Got a great deal, especially for here in Oregon(used and collectible bikes here go for a premium, that's for sure) on an Ebay bike. At least this bike will have wonderful resale value here if I don't like it's ride.
I am terribly excited, as I can now retire the horrid mountain bike to mountain bike duties,(ie the great camping and fishing bike that it is) rather than having to fill a notch that it's horribly unsuited for.
This Schwinn bike is supposedly in a rideable condition, altho I will probably need to eventually replace the tires.
Any comments/ideas on if I need to replace the tires/rims to handle my weight?
Am currently 260 lbs, and the bike has 27 x 1 1/8 tires on it. Looks like 32 spoke aluminum alloy wheels. Should I consider going to 700c and wider tires, or just replacing the existing tires with 27 x 1 1/4 kevlar sidewall style road rubber? Can I mount 700c tires on 27" wheels, or do I need to change the wheels, as well?
Thanks for any comments and/or ideas.