Hi! I'm looking for a new touring bike but I remembered about my old one and thougt I'd try to restore it. It's a Vélosport Appalache and I think from the serial number that it's a 1988 model. A sticker on it says it's made of Super Tensile 513 tubing, any info on that? I know it's probably high-tensile renamed but what about the 513 number? And is that steel any good if I'd like to try and tour a little with the bike, is it only heavier than Cromo?
Apart from that, it has Sakae SX Ovaltech chainrings, are they any good, I remember the seller said it was better for climbing but never got to know if there was any truth to that claim.
The bike is rusty but it looks like if I take the paint off it could be ok.
Here are some pics, any advice would be appreciated, It's my first project and I don't have much knowledge about bike mechanics and I'll have to replace alot of parts so any help about what to look for would be great!