I am quite attached to my old, if cruddy bike:
Sorry for the crappy photo. It’s a 92 (?) Apollo Kosciusko with a newer 9 speed derailleur shifting 7 speeds quite happily, and runs Schwalbe Kojaks for maximum rolling goodness.
The paint is quite banged up, but I would still like to get it into a much better mechanical state. This project is for fun, as I realise I could simply find a better steed on Gumtree if i wanted.
However, I have a few questions:
Is an MTB like this worth putting knobblies onto and hitting some trails, or better off keeping it as a commutersaurus?
I want to swap the front (riveted) triple out for a single ring, taking me to a 1x7 setup. Would the best approach be to look for a 2 x square taper chainset and remove the inner ring? I prefer to keep an MTB look rather than go for some Sugino or other single chainsets.
Old style fork (threaded?), stem and quill. Is it worth getting one of those adaptors to fit a modern set of bars? What are my options without a fork swapout?
Brakes. I wanted to fit a newer set of less fiddly cantilever brakes (not v-brakes) for Melburn Roobaix this weekend, but I think I have left it a bit late.
Does anybody sell decent rim brake 26 inch wheels any more?
Sorry, that was a bit of a brain dump, but I am curious as to whether you collectively think this is worthwhile for some fun or that I am wasting my time and dollars.