|1986 Schwinn Passage|
I swear sometimes I am worse than a Storm Trooper looking for droids with how easily influenced I am. I stumbled across the excellent blog -The Simplicity of Vintage Bicycles a while back and Josh has refurbished some very nice mid 1980's Touring bicycles there and it got me thinking about how nice it would be to come across one to refurb. This era is considered the Golden age of Touring bicycles and I am not the only one with an interest. Just trying finding a legendary Miyata 1000 for sale south of $1000 bucks.
|1984 Centurion Elite GT|
|1986 Raleigh Alyeska|
|1986 Panasonic Pro Touring|
|Web shot similar to the CL listing|
So I texted at 10 am, crickets, at 5:30 pm I get a text back saying they've been out but their back and still have the bike if I want to see it, but they don't give me an address (really?!), I immediately text back saying yes I can come can they send me the address?....nothing finally at 8:30 pm I text again that I am still interested and I don't work too far from the city listed on the CL post and can I come by after work, can they send me an address and a good time to come by? nothing. The next day the post is removed, I suspect someone called them and offered more than $80 for it. Sigh. It is the way these things go sometimes. I did happen to see another in my area in my size but I can see some changes have been made to it and its more than I really want to pay. And further looking I do find touring bikes of that correct vintage but they all fall into one of 3 buckets: too small, too big, too expensive. I realize what I want is something a bit tatty, mostly original and for a reasonable price that I can bring back to life.
If I truly wanted to tour I could buy and build up a very nice VO Campeur frame, and maybe I will someday but that's not what this is about. For that matter my Handsome Devil could be built up as a very capable tourer and in one of its iterations it even sported a Sugino triple crank. But no, this is about the same chapter- lust for vintage lugged bicycles, different verse- Touring bikes. Maybe if I stop obsessing one will pop up when I least expect it? Hmm...wonder whats on CL down in Portland?
Until next time Ride.Smile.Repeat and try not to obsess....