So I bought a Surly LHT to start touring on and must say its been pretty enjoyable though I haven't done any overnight camping with it yet. I saw a '83 Trek 720 for sale and wanted to see what it was like in comparison and I must say, I'm in love. It almost immediately fit better than the Surly and it looks so much nicer too. They definitely don't make new bikes the same anymore.
So here is the situation; I don't know whether to sell the Surly and buy the 720 or let the 720 fall into someone else's less loving hands. If I were to buy the 720 and ride both for awhile to decide, would the 720 have a good resell value? Another concern is some of the older parts on the Trek, I don't know whether to upgrade or let them be. The price of the 720 is a little high in my opinion which is probably the main factor stopping me from buying it. They want 565 firm. They lowered the price from 900 to 695 to 565. Ill probably try and haggle again Monday.
heres the specs of the 720:
FR/Rear Derailleur: Huret Sachs Duopar
Brakes: Dia-Compe 960 (not quite sure what model)
Cranks: Sugino AT Triple crank
Shifters: Suntour bar-ends
It also comes with a Jim Blackburn rear rack.