New member but old rider. Sorry for this long post. Suffered partial loss of my left leg in a Motorcycle accident in 94. Just getting back into it. I used to be a somewhat experienced Touring rider. I recently found out I can actually ride a bike again after all this time.
I just sold a 2000 Trek carbon Highbrid that’s been sitting in the garage and with the funds purchased a 2005 Trek 520, 21" or 53.8 cm. The Highbrid was just too tall and I hate flat bars. As I am between sizes, (wish Trek would make a 22") I've gone with a taller stem with Look extension, traded the 105 stock crank to a Deore 44/32/22 and BB. Replaced the frnt. wheel with my old 40 spoke,Bullseye hubbed,wheel. Swapped the seat for a Terry Men's Liberator Gel Saddle with my old Amer.classic post,(sorry, no Brooks, I put 400 miles on one once and my ass has never been the same). When I can afford it, I'll swap tires and have a 40 spoke rear wheel built with a Cyclotouriste 13-34 cassette. and add Tubus racks. The Jury is out on "Barcons". Not sure if I really like them. I am almost considering switching the barcons for downtube shifters. Also, how the heck do you mount a handlebar bag with exposed shifter cables and the newer fatter stems? Any and all suggestions to this older rider would be welcome.