I'm thinking about buying a more touring-friendly bike than the Giant OCR1 I've been using (pure road bike with a pretty aggressively compact frame). I set off on Craigslist to see what was out there and came across this bike.
Things that drew me to this bike over other touring bikes I saw posted are:
Disc brakes - we did a tour through the Cascade mountains near Eugene Oregon last summer and this would have been a major plus.
Brifters - I have no experience with bar end shifters but I don't think I'd like to either.
Triple on the front - I'm not sure how to tell if I could put a granny gear on this thing but at least it's a triple
Looks - I know it's silly but this is a consideration and I really like the look of this bike... it would look even better with a Brooks saddle on it
I was initially put off by the price of $800 and started looking for a used one on eBay but I see they've just closed these out for $500 which has me seriously considering purchasing one. I'm still pretty noob-ish when it comes to touring though and I was curious what things I might be overlooking?
The specs can be found here: http://www.redlinebicycles.com/uploa...etro-Sport.pdf
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Edit: It just occurred to me that the type of touring I do might be important. The two tours I've done were fully loaded ~300 miles in 5 days. I've only done the two but anticipate doing more. I would also use the bike for commuting ~16miles/day in the summer.