I have a 40 year old Bottecchia (entry level model) that I took for ride yesterday after letting it sit for 20 years. Just inflated the tires and oiled the chain and off I went.
The tires and brake pads obviously need to be replaced and I was thinking of getting some cross tires for some dirt road and short trip riding, but yesterday's ride reminded me how bad the old derailleurs were and the huge gap between gears.
Some components had been upgraded (wheels, cotterless crank) but I'm wondering what gear clusters I can use without changing wheels.
I'm also open to other ideas ... other than making it a fixie.