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What should I upgrade, what should I leave original?

Old 07-09-09, 08:29 AM
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What should I upgrade, what should I leave original?

A few days ago, I picked up a 1983 Schwinn Le Tour that is completely factory original. In my last post here, I asked what people thought it was worth. I gather the bike isn't much of a collectors item. You can see pictures of it in this thread.

I have started cleaning it up, but I want to upgrade a few things:

1) I prefer aero levers (like the cheap Tektro ones) since they are more comfortable.

2) I hate the stem shifters on the bike. I'm thinking of mounting downtube shifters to the handlebars using Kelly Take offs.

3) Cork bar wrap is more comfortable than the cloth tape.

4) One other possible upgrade is replacing the Schwinn-branded saddle, but I am not sure about that.

The only other changes I am definitely making to the bike are new tires and tubes (they are a little dry rotted), new bearings and grease everywhere, and new cable and housing.

Right now the upgrades I am planning are things I like to make the bike more comfortable for me to ride as a spare bike. If I decide to sell the bike later, should upgraded brake levers, shifters, bar wrap, and possibly saddle make the bike more or less valuable? I'm thinking that since this bike isn't exactly a rarity, I shouldn't be all that concerned about keeping it totally factory original.

After I am done upgrading, I think it will be a nice ride, but I doubt I can sell the bike for a profit. Here are my planned expenses:

$50 for 2 Pasela Tourguard 27 x 1 1/4" tires and tubes
$50 for Kelly Take offs
$20 for Tektro aero levers
$25 for Suntour ratchet downtube shifters
$10 for cork bar tape
$15 for new cable/housing

Add to that a few bucks for grease and ball bearings, and the $85 I paid for the bike, and I will have ~$260 invested in the bike.
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As long as it fits you and you like it you won't be disappointed in your investment, and it should last you at least a year or more depending on how you ride before you need to service the BB or Headset again.

If it were me, Id just buy racheting thumbshifters off ebay rather than rachet DT shifters and Kelly Take-Offs....would be definitely less money for the same performance.

If you decide you really love it down the road you might look at upgrading the derailleurs
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