Panasonic Touring Deluxe wheels- good or got to go?
I just bought my first touring bike, a Panasonic Touring Deluxe. I haven't figured out how old it is, but it's from the 80's.
From the little I have learned about the brand, it looks like I have a decent bike on my hands, but I'm not sure what to do about the wheels. I am planning my first loaded tour from Vancouver to LA (or so) starting in September. The bike was in storage for the last 15+ years and is in fairly mint shape overall. It has all original parts I believe, including the 27 inch 1 1/8 tires!
I'm wondering if I should buy a set of hybrid wheels to accomodate 700c touring tires or use the wheels I have. I'm nervous about the quality of the 27 inch tires my LBS has plus it seems like an awfully skinny wheel/tire for 2000 miles, though I think the wheel is quite strong.
I'm not sure if I should pay for a new set to have more selection of tires down the line or keep a good thing together.
Or, chuck the whole thing on eBay and pick out something newer!
Any advice or opinions would be very much appreciated!