Hello everyone- I just nabbed an 87 Schwinn Prelude for a song and I'd like to have it overhauled. Any suggestions on where I should take it? I'm a short-term transplant so I'm not terribly aware of the options. I prefer working with independents.
Bikes: Giant Transend, Salsa Pistola, Raleigh M60, Raleigh Sport Touring Team USA
Central Indiana covers a lot of ground. In Bloomington I like Bikesmiths and the Bicycle Doctor. Both have done a good job on my 1984 or 8e Raleigh Team USA Sport Tour. I have no experience with Bicyle Garage Indy, but they do have an article on selling old bikes, so may be a good resource for a vintage overhaul.
This is an old post, but I'll reply with a plug for Nebo Ridge in Zionsville. We've been using them exclusively for the past ~2 years now. There are plenty of fine shops in/around Indy, but I drive past 3-4 other shops between my house to get to Nebo.
I've had really good experience with the Bicycle Exchange in Indy, right on the Monon at 54th. They're not too expensive and they always take the time to explain exactly what they think should be done and why. Nice guys, too. Some of their online reviews claim they're inattentive or snobbish, but I have *never* experienced that.
Since your post was over a year ago I imagine you overhauled the Prelude long ago but thought I'd share my overhaul experience. I had the Indy Bicycle Garage overhaul my '75 Schwinn Varsity and feel they did a great job with it. Changed out the wheels to 700's, new bearings, chain and brake cabling. All in all, I'm very happy with the results.