Here's my Country Bike, and I love it.
Got the bike for $80 off CL. It is a late 80's Performance cross/touring bike. It was heinous teal green.
Had it powder coated for $50 and $5 for the stem.
Replaced what I had too but tried to keep as many original parts as possible.
It has 35mm Panaracer tourguard folding tires and room to spare.
My preferred riding "kit" is usually Chuck Taylors or flip-flops, baggy shorts and t-shirt and of course I would never go out with out some kind of head protection so it's either a tweed cap or a hand-made bike cap.
It's heavy so what, and it's supremely comfortable.
It's in the friction shifting mode now and that's where it's gonna stay.
It's got Suntour bio-pacey type rings, which I don't really notice much.
Yes, I have drank the Kool Aid of Grant P. and VO and have to say this type of bike and style of riding is so flipping awesome.