I'm sitting here looking at two beautiful 1980's touring rigs, a 58cm '84 Centurion Pro Tour and a 60cm '83 Trek 620. One of the two must go to fund building up a racier steel road bike over the winter. The dilemma is this: I think the Centurion is the better bike overall: nicer wheelset, chromed body under the paint, existing lowrider mounts. Additionally it's got the memories of a couple thousand miles of touring on it. But the Trek fits better (as I stand 6'2"). I picked it up just a few days back for a whole 130 bucks, haven't even tuned it up yet and the ride is spirited and smooth. (Perhaps it is simply the legends of 531 infiltrating my brain.)
One part of me feels the ideal thing to do would be to switch out the wheelsets and then keep the Trek with Centurions wheels. This would likely destroy a bit of the Pro Tour's resale value -- which I imagine will already be below the Trek simply due to brand recognition. Another part of me figures that the Centurion has served me well, and that I should simply flip the Trek for a hefty little profit. Perhaps I just build the Trek into a road-oriented bike (700c wheels, Compact Double, etc)...but that would seem to destroy its character.
What would you do?
A few photos for reference:
The Centurion: centurion.jpg
The Trek: IMG_7216.jpg