I have posted here a couple of times over the past 5 yrs as I've developed some curiosity about touring. I spend 95% of my time in the C&V forum since that's where my primary interest is. I'm cross posting here to hopefully gain some more insight on my question.
I have been seriously considering finding a C&V touring bike for awhile. My ideal would be an '84 Gitane Grantour but they don't come up for sale very often. I have a drop bar Trek 800 Antelope conversion that I initially planned to try some light touring on but I don't like the weight and can't seem to get it as comfortable as I like even though it rides well and has braze on for a low rider front rack.
I've toyed with another mtb drop bar conversion but based on the first experience am a little more hesitant. As I've contemplated all this I forgot that I had just built (and converted to drop bar) a late 80's Peugeot Limestone 70c hybrid. It's already equipped with canti brakes and a triple (now). I'm already planning on having new wheels built up with the existing hubs. Ignore the lack of cantis on the photo - they're on there now. It's equipped with bar end shifters (Suntour) and a Deore XT rear derailleur. It's already got 700X38 tires so there's plenty of room for fenders and some narrower tires. It can't fit a lowrider rack but that's not a deal breaker.
What's your experience touring with a hybrid such as this? I know it'd be fine for easy overnight camping but am seriously wanting to do at least a week tour in the next year or so.