If you have enough marks and medallions, what you could do is grab the 65 Mirkwood set. It's still a pretty good set (and now extremely easy to obtain). Then you can snag the Draigoch set at 75 when you get there (with either crafted, quest drops or the purple Orthanc head/shoulders) all the way on up to 85. Of course you can swap in any decent quest drops and the like on your way, but I've personally found that while using "outdated" sets may not be ideal, it makes you a little sturdier while leveling.
As for bows, I'd try to change that every 5 levels or so to stay on pace. A 65 2nd age shouldn't be too hard to get your hands on, especially if you can craft one for yourself (or some nice kinnies can help ya out).
Oh, and welcome back!
[center][color=#CC3300]Lieutenant Sersi Niflhel[/color] [color=#666699]· [i]Retired[/i][/color]
[color=#993333]"I will give you no quarter, and I will take none."[/color][/center]