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Coventry Eagle retro fit

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Hi all,

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.

Many thanks.
Date: Jun 1, 2016   


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