onewheelgood wrote:Hi all, another lurker here. I've just accquired a Viscount Sebring Mixte to do up for my daughter, who said she wanted a classic type bike for her 21st. It has Shimano 600 gears with stem mounted levers, SR Apex cranks and stem, Shimano Tourney centrepull brakes and Weinmann levers. Wheels and seatpost are steel. The stickers all say 'Made in England'. I've searched around and I haven't found anything about the ladies Sebring anywhere - so can any of you knowledgeable people tell me anything about this?
This is lovely. Again, I know nothing, never seen one before either, but this one could be worth a bit of time and ££ I reckon. My VA Victor came with steel rims and it became a much better bike when I fitted it with alloy rims. Not only due to the weight saving, which was significant, but also to the increased stopping power. One problem with steel rims is that when it's wet the brakes no longer stop the bike, they only slow it. Rather a problem in traffic, that.
If you do go alloy, the wheels will need to be 27" (ISO 630mm), with a rear hub of 126mm width. In other words an old 5 or 6 speed screw-on freewheel hub, same as what the bike has. A new pair of rims would be best of course, but that can get pricey. Finding a secondhand but serviceable wheelset is probably a better option. I know quite a few people who have done major restos of Peugeot mixtes: porteur bars, Brooks saddle, etc. Here's one example: http://commutercycles.com.au/bikes/restorations/ (scroll down to see the Peugeot)
It's about time someone did the same with a Viscount! b