I've been researching vintage touring bikes and the forums have been a huge help. I'm planning in advance of next summer season to buy a good vintage touring bike. By good, I mean really good--but for practical purposes those "great" ones (unless you know undervalued ones) are out of $ range. (Ie, Things like the randdoneur).
Here are my parameters.
1. For a variety of reasons, like Raleigh's
2. I want one to use really for touring, yet keep original.
I've scoured old posts, vintage catalogues, etc... And looking for help so that if/when that right bike appears, I can pounce.
So far, I know some of the 90-92 Raleigh's get a bad rap, but a few models in there seem to spec out nicely, (touriste?) have some style, but also a little more contemporary perks w gearing, etc... to leave original.
Anyone out there have favorites, suggestions for me to check out? As I said, inclined to raleigh, but other recs would be good too. I'd guess I'm game to spend anywhere from 200-700 dollars, give or take some if there's a real gem, but of course prefer not to blow full budget.