I'm contemplating a touring bike, & have a few options.
new Trek 520 - advantage is that I could ride it tomorrow, no hassle, except maybe replace the crank
Save my shekels longer pick up a
Heron Wayfarer - advantage = lugged steel is cool, & a new bike.
Pick up an
85 Trek 620 - currently offered at just shy of 5 bills but would need 'nuff done to make it somewhat similar to the new 520 for cost(Replace the 27" wheels with 700c, cold set the rear, update shifters to 8 spd possibly paint etc..) Advantage lugged steel is cool - questions around are the 47cm chainstays , would they be too springy for a fat bastard such as I (circa 250)? Any clydes have experience with those?