A month or so back I bought a yellow 1974 Schwinn speedster. I've been riding it to work and the grocery store, and it's a fun bike I love.
It rides fine, there are no real problems with it, and I attached that Wald basket on the rear, so it carries groceries and such like a charm. I'm planning on replacing my car with it in a month or so, since everything (classes, work, groceries, downtown) will be within a mile of home. I'm thinking of updating it when I get some extra cash, and I was just looking for some suggestions or recommendations. Here's what I'm thinking -
the steel rims are heavy, yes, and the first thing I've read is that I should probably replace those with some with some alloy or aluminum ones. Mostly because of the fact that steel brakes really poorly in the rain. BUT I thought of an alternative -
If I get new rims, I'm going to need to rebuild the rear wheel anyway to save the 3speed IGH. But I COULD get a Sturmy Archer Dynohub for the front wheel (solves the braking problem, gives me a generator for a light) and replace the old rear hub with a 5speed IGH/drum brake. That would give me two more gears and the start of a cool lighting system.
Of course I'd still be stuck with the steel rims (weird size and heavy), but I'm only biking around a mile radius, and the brakes wouldn't be an issue. So what does everyone think?
edit: didn't know where to post this, because its nothing fancy, just a commuter/utility bike