Ok - back story first - I am putting it in blue - if you want to skip to the meat go to the black text -
For rallies, semi-races (I am not that fast - yet), and Saturday rides with LBS I use my '06 Bianchi L'Una.
For commuting, I am currently using my '73 Gran Sport - 53cm. This bike fits me perfectly. I love it. Fast, smooth, and cool looking.
I want to get into touring, and I know I could use the Gran Sport for that as well, but I really wanted to eventually put a single speed on it or maybe a flip flop, and just use it for commuting. I don't have any water bottle cages on it (short commute) and I ride with a backpack so it doesn't have a rack on it. Don't even have fenders b/c I live in TX - no weather here. I just like it looking clean and simple....this is why I am hesitant to start gearing it out for unsupported rides...
There is a 1980 Raleigh Competition GS frame/gear set (campy nuovo)/wheels in my local area that I would really like to buy and use as a summer project - I want to improve my mechanical prowess and of course it would be fun. I would like to set it up for touring. But it is a size bigger than my perfectly fitting 53cm Gran Sport....can I make it fit? I can't try it out because it is in pieces...what should I do? I know I could buy this bike for a good price....but can I make it fit? and for long distance touring no less?
Do I get over it and use the Gran Sport for touring, the Competition for commuting/track it out? Do I build out the Competition and then swap/sell for something that fits me?
Please help me, if I buy this bike, it will be the 6th one in as many months. I have a sickness.