Hello - new to this community and I am looking for help on whether this bike would actually be good for touring. I am a female road rider with a Trek Madone and have been thinking about touring when low and behold I visit my Dad today and dust the cobwebs off this bike, pump up the tires and cruise around the neighborhood. It is all original with the exception that he changed out the handlebar to be upright. The shifting lever is on the downtube, and while I rode these types of bikes as a kid and young adult, I haven't since the late 80s.
My Dad's in his 80s and happy someone is thrilled about his classic bike that he used to commute to his teaching position at the local high school (an original hipster?), and I am nostolgic to have his bike and am looking for advice on what to do next - take it in for conditioning? Plan a tour? Forget it cause I'll fall off trying to shift? What say you bike community?
Ps it's a 21 frame (not so tall my dad) and could work for me.