I have never in my life put a bike together before, though I've owned many. This frame was my Christmas gift there year, and I dearly love it in all its steely, chromed lugged orangeness. (pictures of frame here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/bkf/set...7625751384670/
The headset (boy, was that hard to find.)
A seatpost (One of those old fluted dura ace posts)
I want to build this up in a functional yet not carbon-y way - I already have a carbon road bike, and I want this to be my pretty, just for me modern-vintage long distance ride.
Campagnolo Athena 11 sp groupset (It's silver, it's got great reviews, I just like it)
Velo orange tall stack stem. Functional and awesome looking. (sadly out of stock.)
Some type of Nitto bar that will fit the stem (there's one in the right dimensions, do not recall the part #)
Probably a Brooks or equivalent seat (I'm not adverse to knockoffs)
Speedplay pedals (I already have the shoes)
No idea on:
Wheels. Wheels seem to be so expensive! And it definitely doesn't seem I can switch my current wheels from the Shimano cassette to the Campy one and just use that easily. It seems Google would suggest that.
The Athena only comes in a compact double. I sort of want a triple for the extreme granny gear, as I live in Florida and fear hills. My boyfriend insists an 11 speed cassette with a compact double will be a-ok, I am somewhat dubious. He's a much stronger rider than I am, and I am not good at gear ratios. Can I even use a triple front with this group? Is there something else I should consider that will better fit my needs?
Brakes. Apparently this frame needs long-reach brakes (47-57mm in adjustment range), I am concerned the Athena brakes will be too short. (40-50 mm) I don't know what a 3mm overlap gives me.
I'm sure these are 'duh' questions, but again, I've never done this and really want it to be amazing and 'just right'. I definitely don't know how to combine parts from different groups and make them all work together, though if I knew it COULD be done, I could get it done (does that make sense?) Mostly I don't want to flail around blindly spending money and have things not work, because I do not have a lot of money to blindly spend, so having a list of 'this is what will work and be purchased' is a goal, before purchasing happens.
Any advice/suggestions would be just amazing.