Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern California
Bikes: 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, 1990? Bottecchia Cromor, 2005 Quintana Roo Kilo
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Thanks! Just got back in from spending a bit of time with the bike and it's coming along already. I'm going to have to replace the brake and shifter cables in addition to the tubes, tires, and brake pads, but I figure all that's pretty routine for a bike of this "vintage" shall we say. But I got the wheels to spin pretty true, at least enough to be comfortable at low speed, and I replaced the rotting seat that was left on it with a Bianchi my brother found lying around. The brakes are in bad shape, but again, that's to be expected.
It seems that the crankset, gears, derailleur, etc are all original, but in pretty rough shape. I'm thinking about pulling the whole thing apart for cleaning and inspection to see how much of it is realistically worth keeping. In most cases I'm into the vintage thing, but I'd have to source a Schwinn seat, handlebar, and pedals to have the complete set. Given what I've read about the weight and relative crudeness (at least compared to the frame) of some of the components, it doesn't surprise me that the previous owner had switched them to European-built components some time before.
Anyway, thanks for the welcome! I'm sure I'll have several threads in the Vintage, Road Bike, and/or Triathlon subforums in no time, for if anyone's interested in what happens to this thing, that's where I'll be.