Hi my name is Bill. I have lived in beautiful N Florida for 37 years. I am retiring from teaching in February. I started thinking one cool thing I could do is ride from campsite to campsite or friends house to friends house...I mean why not!? So thanks to these forums I gleaned that I should go with a bike that was older and higher end to see if I take to this sport. So I see a Pinarello on CL buy it for 120 Now I am thinking this bike may be too light and fast for what I am thinking about doing. Soon I want to post on Vintage with pics to see if someone can tell me the model I have apparently Pinarellos are hard to ID. Hope to spend more time here and figure out things I need to know before I set out on the road!
Between Crystal River and Hernando, Florida, 6 miles west of the Withlacoochee Trail
I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2015 Cannondale Supersix EVO 105
Welcome to Bike Forums Bill.
If you're planning on touring, you might want to get a new or newer touring bike. Older bikes have downtube shifters (scary ). Bike manufacturers switched to brifters in the late 80s/early 90s. The shifters and brake levers are right next to your hands. No need to look down in order to shift.
The folks in the 50+ forum can offer good suggestions. Many of them are retired (including me ).
You can also try the Touring forum for help or suggestions.