After years of watching Craigslist, I finally found the perfect base for a 26" touring build. Introducing my "new" 23" 1991 Schwinn High Plains. The bike looks like it was never ridden -- the teeth on the chainrings are still black. I spent $130, which is more than I usually pay for used bikes, but I feel this was well worth it, especially considering the cost of a comparable new bike like the Surly LHT.
Already have 25.4 WTB Dirt Drops, f&r racks (Sunlite G Tec), and some Axiom full coverage fenders. The drivetrain is mint, and the crankset is perfect with a 48t outer ring! I am seriously smiling ear to ear after riding this lugged beauty. It rides like a dream!