I recently started a thread on a Riv for a commuter bike. But, I think I need to plan out what qualities I need, like and don't like on a bike. I plan to do commuting of 35 miles round-trip and the occasional light tour. Though my budget is adjustable, ideally I'd like to spend no more than $1200 for a complete bike. Currently I have a 1983 620 that I'm unsatisfied with because it does not offer me the ability to run fat tires in addition to the lack of braze-ons.
What I need on a bike:
Fat tires no less than 32.
Braze-ons (water bottle bosses, dropouts, mid fork, rear rack)
What I like on a bike:
Dynohub light setup
What I don't like on a bike:
Threadless stems (I don't hate it, but don't like the look)
Skinny tires on a touring bike
I've flirted with the idea of having one of these bikes;
Surly LHT(though I have to get past threadless and lack of lugs)
Any suggestions to other bikes, like vintage models?