This is my very first post on this forum, so....please be kind! It happens that I ended up with this bicycle, see, a "Windsor Tourist," http://www.windsorbicycles.com/tourist2.html, a machine I bought for a European tour last summer that didn't materialize (we did go, but rented a motorcycle in Balzano, Italy for the Dolomites!), and I'm wondering -- how close is this Windsor Tourist to a real Randonneuring bike? Will it do, do you think? For I have this impossible idea: I once had a UCFS licence, did many centuries, and once did the Seattle to Portland in one day, but that all happened back in 1970-1987! I'm seventy years old, see, and while people whom I trust tell me I'm still pretty fit, I'd like to be a "Randonnee." I still ride a lot, climb, ski, and hike, and I'm a Alpine Ski Patroller at Snoqualmie Pass, putting in 20-30 shifts a season. My doctor thinks I'm in optimal condition. And I'm wondering if I could still train myself up, for a 1000 if not a 1200. I've ordered the book "Distance Cycling," by Hughes and Kehlenbach, but it hasn't arrived yet. Other than my ski patrol shifts, I'm fully retired, and have plenty of time to train. Sometimes we get little snow here, and I could ride realistically for 6-7 hours a day. So.... please give me your considered opinion:
1.) Is the bike suitable? What mods would you suggest?
2.) Is this a pipe dream for a geezer like me? Are other seventy-year-olds out there randonneuring? Do you have any training advice for me?
Any suggestions on equipment or training would be very much appreciated.......