OK so I've been on the hunt for my dad for a solid "road bike" since he has it in his head that he wants to do serious road riding. By serious road riding, we're realistically talking about at most, a metric century, with a bunch of other guys who are 50-65 and will take their time doing that. After talking with him about his wants and needs, he and I have agreed that the best thing would probably be a steel framed touring bike with brifters. He does not like DT shifters since he feels like he'll lose his balance if he uses them. He is willing to go with bar-end shifters though, which opens up worlds of possibilities to us.
I've been searching around (and in the process actually nabbed a C-dale tourer for myself!!! woot!!), and this bad boy has popped up on eBay. Can anyone tell me about it?
I see that it's double-butted trutemper cro-mo, combined with LX and Biopace which sounds like a great combo to me. Seller says it's 18 speed. I assume it's 3x6 rather than 2x9? If 2x9, it'll be easy to find brifters for him. If it's 3x6, looks like it would need bar-end shifters.
The guy calls it a touring bike, and it does look like it would have that sort of geometry, but it looks like it does not have the cantilever brakes that are so typical of tourers.
Do you think it really is early-mid 90's?
Any other thoughts?