Hello everybody, great forum. I ride a 1972 Schwinn Sports Tourer which I bought new. I try to keep it stock, but I just can't stop tinkering. In 1973 after trashing my second bottom bracket assy, I installed a Phil Wood and have never looked back. I just reciently moved to vintage friction Simplex bar end shifters, which I found new in Denmark (ain't the internet great). This is something I have wanted to do for many years. I have two sets of wheels, one with the stock Normandy Luxe Comp hubs laced to new Wienmann 27" x 1 1/4" rims with Wheelsmith stainless double butted spokes in a 4X pattern and Schwalbe tires. I think this is about as close as you can get to stock with new parts. The second set is Phil Wood 32 hole hubs laced to Sun 27" x 1 1/8" rims. I am currently trying different spoke patterns on the Phil Wood set, the front is curently a 2 forward and 2 trailing pattern and the rear is a half crow and 2X pattern. So far I'm happy with them.
I would like to do the Seattle to Portland this year, looking for local riders who ride their oldies.