I am unfortunately routinely sucked into the dark world of handmade Italian carbon and click click click 10 speed Campy. The power of the dark side, you know.
But I've set my 853 commuter up as a touring bike and I rather like the steel ride.
Now my 105 7 speed 1993 PDG Schwinn fake (Tange Japanese) Paramount is coming home. I recall it being a very nice bicycle at the time. I'm thinking the frame is pretty decent, being oversize and with silver brazed cast lugs. Long by my current standards.
Wondering whether to leave it 7 speed or hang my extra (yeah, I shouldn't have such things) DuraAce 10 speed group on it. Normally I'd not have a moments hesitation, but the wheels with the DA group are marginal and the old 105 hubs are nicely 3x to Campy Omega rims, pretty nice wheels overall. I do have STI brifters on the Schwinn.
The goal would be to have a long distance tourer for myself and give the other to my wife so we can go on trips.
Then there's the aspect of leaving the Schwinn almost intact. It's pretty much stock, or at least I have the stock components including I suspect the original killer ass hatchet saddle. I would need to pop a triple on, and that might take a RD change. I see the 7 speed RD on ebay for cheapie.
I know, just ride it and see what it's like, but it isn't here, I'm thinking ahead, trying to remember the ride, noticing I treat my 10 speed like a 2 x 5 most of the time by shifting two cogs at a time.
At least I'm not setting up my 531 monster with Fiammes and silks. Even if it is a beautiful bike carcass.
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