My friend and I are planning a tour of Virginia in May. approx 500 miles. My set up is fine, but she has this old fuji (80's) she wants to do the tour with. We've test ridden the novara randonee, the LHT and the new Fuji tourer, but she doesn't like the fit or the ride. She says the old Fuji is better. Honestly, she's right, it is cadillac-like. But there are some problems.
Needs new brakes, not just pads. That would involve some drilling, I think. It's got 27" tires, and It really probably needs a triple up front. It's an old 6 speed, so there's that too.
She is a strong rider, but I think she's being unnecessarily stubborn. You could get a Windsor tourist for what it will cost to upgrade. Any advice...fix it up...or arguments for a new one would be appreciated. The good thing is that we have time on our side.