Good morning everyone... I need some opinions here...
I currently commute on a '89 Schwinn World, stock except for fenders, lights, racks, panniers and moustache bars. I paid $60 for the bike, then sunk another ~$150 into commuter-fying it. I really dig it... it's a cool looking bike, relaxed geometry, nice steel ride, etc. The only real negative I have about it is the considerable weight. It's about 35lbs with nothing on it, and with a morning load plus lights, racks, bags, fenders, etc it's well over 65lbs.
Over the last week, I've sheared the threaded post that holds my front brake caliper together and on the fork (not sure what to call it) and broken 3 spokes in the rear wheel. So here begins the dilemma as I see it...
I need new brakes... I'm running the stock cheng shin calipers, and there's really no use repairing them. So I need some single pivot touring calipers, and new pads while I'm at it.
Next, I need new wheels. This brings the total of broken spokes to 6 in the last 2 months. And before you ask, I'm 155lbs and don't jump curbs or bang through potholes. It's a smooth ride to work. The stock 27in wheels really aren't worth rebuilding... they were cheap 20 years ago, and time hasn't been that kind. So that puts me looking for a set of 700c wheels. But it gets more complicated that that... It has a 6spd threaded cassette, and a short cage Shimano Light Action derailer. I've already tested it out and even in friction mode, the derailer can't handle any more than a 6spd cassette. So I'd either have to have a custom wheelset built with a 6spd cassette or a threaded freewheel (mucho expensive), buy a new wheelset with a 7 or 8spd cog and upgrade my derailer (also mucho expensive), or find a used 700c wheelset in good shape with a 6spd cassette (laughably difficult).
I don't know how to justify sinking this much money into what was a relatively cheap taiwanese frame to start with... I can buy a Novara Big Buzz for $360 off CL, and I'm thinking about just selling the Schwinn for what I can get for it and buying the Buzz.
What do you think?