Thanks, definitely leaning towards 1x. Problem I’m having is finding a 130 oln 26” wheel that takes a 8/9/10 speed freehub. It seems like the standard of that era was 7 speed. Might need to be a custom built job using a modern road hub which will be 130 oln.
Either that or I cold set the frame spacing to 135mm which gives more wheel options... but in truth something I’m reluctant to do