Hey all, 1st post here so if this is better suited for another forum category, just let me know and I'll move/recreate it. Anyway, here's the deal:
I'm looking to replace my old commuter which was trashed in an auto accident. I've got a 6-mile commute each way to work, ride just about every day, and am looking to get into more touring. Probably to start I'll just be doing overnights/maybe weekend trips for touring, or day trips from a basecamp. I've looked around for a while, and I think I've narrowed my choices down to the following three bikes:
Salsa Vaya 3
All-City Space Horse
Velo Orange Campeur - Would need to be built up, obv.
I'd also be open to suggestions for similar bikes that are either at or under the $1,500 range, pre-built. From my read they break down like this:
Vaya - Best all around
Space Horse - Best commuter
Campeur - More traditional tourer, and retro elements lend itself to building with older components
I actually have an almost complete Campy Victory group which would probably be pretty nice on the Campeur. It makes me a little nervous for touring though, as it's not very field service-able as a group. And yes, I have looked (a lot) at LHTs, but since the majority of my riding is commuting, they seem to be a bit overkill on the touring side.
Anyway, first-hand opinions or overall brand impressions are welcome. Thanks in advance.