My panniers finally arrived and I知 not disappointed with selecting the red ones. I知 not one to buy into what seems like hyperbole easily. But, I must admit, this is one fine example of lugged steel touring sweetness. This bike still has all-original components except for the WTB Pure V saddle, Vittoria Randonneur Cross tires, SKS P45 fenders, Shimano M540 SPD peddles, and of course cables. I rebuilt it from the frame up and am very proud about how it came out.
I致e been reading the Touring Forum for a while because I want to know more details about the sport. Being older, I知 draw to the vintage look of lugged steel. The TIG steel and modern geometries are probably superior in some ways, but if you池e a fan of older tourers, maybe this would be a good time to let us see them.