Gunnar Roadie, Bob Jackson Audax Club, Soma Smoothie ES
You've probably figured this out. I need some input on frame choice. I currently own a 10 year old Gunnar Roadie with carbon fork, a racy little bike built up with a triple and weighing in at 21 lbs ready to roll. It is not the same as the current crop of Gunnars, since they changed their design and tubing the next year. Maximum tire width I can install is some brands of 25's. The longest ride I've done on this bike is 120 miles, but I've put thousands of miles on the bike. In fact, the components are just about shot and and most are in need of replacement.
At 62 years old doing the randonneuring thing is on my bucket list and there is no time like the present to start. To that end my question to the group is this: In what order would you place the frames I have listed above in terms of suitability for this sport? They all fit me. The Jackson is $800 and the Soma is $500. If I replace the Roadie with one of these, then I'll sell the Roadie. I have a carbon road bike I built up myself that has replaced the Roadie for buzzing around in fast club rides and I have no desire to do any touring.
Thanks in advance for any and all input. The forum is excellent and and I have been reading it for quite some time and value your input. I plan to make a decision before the end of the week (it is Tuesday) and will post it here.