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Nice old Falcon saved from dump - whoo - need advice on parts, please :)

Hello!

I have always wanted an old racer, but also to take part in the rebuild process - which I can do now with my amazing and sweet Falcon Ibiza frame saved from the dump, and happily obtained for a fiver!

I have a very basic knowledge of bikes, can change a tyre and repair a puncture, that makes me feel proud every time - not too bad for a lady...

So, the point here is that now that I need to find parts and hopefully put them on, too, it's like a big old journey! I realise I don't know much, so I thought I'd pop round here - I need some help please!

My first challenge is finding new wheels and tyres. I'd like them to look good and ride good, but I need to be very -consious as well, as I've been forcefully unemployed for the past three months.

Could you give me some advice on where/what to buy in terms of wheels and tyres?

Here is the information I could gather on the bike:

The dropout is 133mm outer edges, 125mm inner edges.

I also have some information on the old back wheel - managed to fins some engravings on the rim by scratching through the rust! The rim is a Superchromix RIGIDA, made in france, 28 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8_700c

The wheel has 36 spokes, and there are 5 freewheel sprockets.

The tyres are ...(some missing letters)destein Vederlicht-s 35-622

I am not going to become a pro racer or spend a thousand quid on this bike - so I don't really mind the weight - or the absolute slickness - of the items, so with that in mind could you recommend:

- some wheels, front+back
- some tyres, not too thin, not too thick, am thinking 23-25-28, ideally white or otherwise that nice old-style yellow with black
- last but not least, am thinking maybe going single speed. a single speed certainly looks very nice, none of that gear clutter - but how heavy is it to ride? am i going to have to walk uphill? :)

Sorry for the loooong post, all input very much appreciated. This is my first ever bike project and it's very exciting. Some (bad phone) pics of the frame are attached.

Oh, and if anyone knows the provenance of the Falcons, that would be lovely to know - I tryed googling but with v. little success...

Many thanks in advance,
Alina.
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