I'm in the process of building up a geared bike for my daily commute. I'm on a single speed now, which is fine except for the many hills. Some days I need to haul stuff, and I figure gears would make that task a little easier.
My base is a Nashbar X cyclocross frame. I'm looking to build up something similar to the Giant Escape City bike.
I had started down the path of building it up with drops, but I think flat bars are just more my speed.
So far I have the frame, a Shimano FC-CX70 crank, ultegra bottom bracket, and the FD-CX70 front derailleur.
I have a bit of confusion on how to match up the proper shifters, RD and cassette to achieve the setup i'm going for. I'm kinda worried that I pulled the trigger on the crankset too soon and i'm not even going to be able to use it for the build i'm going for.
I'd appreciate any input and suggestions, and I hope I've provided sufficient information. If not, let me know what I missed.