I'm looking for a nice frame to replace my 1972 Schwinn LeTour. I've heard many great things about the Bridgestone RB-1 and have great admiration for Grant Peterson in both his design and philosophy.
I'm probably going to strip the frame down, get a nice powder coating from a local bike painter, and slap some Campagnolo gear on there.
I'm looking for a bike for riding around Portland area, on some highways, and a few unpaved roads here and there. I ride about twenty miles a day, sometimes more when I have to ride to work, and I just may consider a half-century or more sometime in the future. One thing to note is that I will be locking my bike up to poles and in corrals around town from time to time, and I'm not sure how I'll feel about that with this frame.
So, I'm wondering, what should I know about this frame before I invest so much money and time into it? Are certain years better than others? Is there a reason I should get the RB-T, XO-1, or RB-2 instead? Does it have all standard sizing (unlike my old Schwinn). What else should I know about this frame?
Thanks for any and all feedback!