This is the first instalment of a Buyer's Guide to 'touring' bikes. Here the word 'touring' is used as a florid and grandiose way of saying 'shopping'. As you might expect there is not much here to thrill lovers of the exotic.
However a number of bikes did catch my eye:
I might guess that a derailleur bike with less than 5 gears was last marketed in the UK in the late 1960s or early 1970s. But the Italian models listed here were current in 1984.
I also note that there is only one mention of SunTour and only one mention of a Shimano transmission (a Positron system). There are a dozen or so mentions of European derailleur manufacturers. Even for shopping bikes, that was not quite the UK experience in 1984.