Surly Pacer for Randonneuring?
I'm looking for a randonneuring bike that won't break the bank. I'm not going for nostalgia or looks - I just want a good performer. The purpose built randonneuring bikes I've seen are all priced quite high which is where the Pacer comes in. My idea is to build up a Pacer with triple crank, dyanmo hub, 28mm tires, fenders, etc. for long distance riding.
I've ridden a double century on my Felt F80 which wasn't very comfortable but got me hooked on long rides. My other steed is the Surly LHT which is extremely comfortable but not as fast as I'm hoping to be for the brevets.
Does anyone on here have experience with the Pacer as a long distance machine? Or are there any other suggestions for building or buying a different but similarly spartan ride?