I rode 50 miles pretty hard on Saturday and didn't feel like doing too much after I got home (not enough water or food). Anyway, I didn't work on the Kuwahara until tonight (Sunday). I replaced the rear derailleur with another I had, trued the rear wheel, took off the rusty chain.
I adjusted the saddle and coasted down the driveway several times. I really like the geometry of the frame. When I put a new chain on, I'll get a better idea of the feel of the bike.
Here's the basic to-do list to get it operational:
-new brake cables
After I get the items above on, and if I like the bike, then I'll look for:
-different saddle (would like a Brooks B-17 eventually (but then, wouldn't we all?))
The bike needs a really good cleaning, but there is very little rust on the derailleurs, or on the hub skewers, so this bike was kept in a garage at least. The tires are weather checked with age, but the tubes held air!
This bike is quite light, but I don't think it is as light as my Trek:
Anyway, I'm pretty excited about this new bike. It'll give me some more wheels, and if I don't care for it after I do the basics, I can sell it.