I finally sold my 1983 Velo Sport Alpin bike made in Quebec. It was a true touring bike: big cogs, small granny gear, spoke holders, multiple water bottle bosses and eyelets, deore.
I designed the gears myself by graphing out the inches on graph paper to avoid double shifting. (These days I guess double shifting is a non-issue.)
The bike came with dropped bars and shifters on the downtube. I switched those to hybrid bars and shifters mounted on the stem.
Great, beautiful bike. Sold it for $75. The buyer seemed delighted. I'm glad to see the old nag out of my basement, but I wanted to pay tribute to the trusty steed that took me all around Canada and New England. Did y'all know that there were once good touring bikes made in Quebec?
This bike is irreplacable. I will never be able to afford Rivendale etc. My next tour will be on a cheap hybrid or my Trek 1000.