Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: South of Raleigh, North of New Hill, East of Harris Lake, NC
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Speialized Roubaix, Giant OCR-C, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, Stumpjumper Comp, 88 & 92Nishiki Ariel, 01 Bianchi Campione, 87 Centurion Ironman, 92 Paramount
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I'd replace the tires, lube the bearing surfaces in the hubs and bottom bracket, then ride it. Those 1980's bikes are pretty sturdy. You can't convert it to an up to date bike because mountain bikes have been completely re-designed. Those gumwall tires are probably old and should be replaced IMHO. After that, just ride it.
BTW, don't change the fork to a suspension fork. I did that with a 88 Nishiki, now it goes great in a straight line, but can't handle turns. Changing the fork on those old bikes changes the geometry, you'd spend a bunch of money, and have a worse handling bike for your trouble.
Just have fun with it and learn more about mountain biking. Then move on to a hardtail.
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