Coventry Eagle retro fit
I'm looking to see what I can do with my much loved Coventry Eagle which I got in 1986 as a special birthday present!
Lovely bike at the time and was probably in the £350-400 range.
Reynolds 531 tubing.
Simplex SX 410 rear derailleur, 10 speed gears. Downtube shifters. Front derailleur broke, it was Simplex plastic bolt on. Now got a nice shiny new black Shimano.
Weinmann side pull brakes.
Sakae Custom 170 Crank/BB.
Steel/Chrome 27" x 1 1/4" wheels with 36 spokes.
Came with mudguards and was very much more of a commuter/light tourer.
Looking to keep it as original as possible but always was a bit cautious of the steel rims and braking. Got used to it when younger but being that bit older and slightly heavier , I'd maybe like to get better brakes.
LBS who fitted the new derailleur suggested I should ride it as and if I wanted to keep riding it a lot, I could take the next step and upgrade the wheels to 700c.
That would mean longer reach brakes.
What else worth doing if anything?
I could do it as an ongoing project bit at a time but happy just getting alloy wheels and better brakes just now. The 700c would mean I could get tyres a lot easier from anywhere.
One question, at the back of the rear dropouts there's a tiny screw thread. What's that for?
I'll attach pics.