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Question on 1980 Schwinn World Tourist restore


I recently purchased a 1980 Schwinn World Tourist off CraigsList. My girlfriend wanted a vintage style comfort bike and she liked this one. It is in OK shape. I've never tried restoring a bike before and looked forward to the project. I have the bike mostly disassembled at this point with the exception of the crank. The problem I'm running into now is that it uses the Shimano Positron shift system which apparently requires special cables. Both of the shift cables on the bike were frayed when purchased so I just cut them off. Now I'm seeing that these cables are expensive and hard to come by. The bike has the Shimano FF system and is a 10 speed. So what are my options here? Should I just replace the rear cassette / derailleur / and shifters? If so any suggestions for replacement parts? I'd like to maintain the vintage look if possible.
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