I was working at a bike shop in Ottawa that was building its own brand of bikes, so I bought a new-old-stock hybrid frame and built a touring bike with the parts off a barely-used mountain bike someone had given me...
Two problems - the frame is a little too small for me (it is a 60 cm and I am 6'4" - I probably need a 63 or 64cm) and the rear hub bearings are wearing away noticably by the kilometer, so I disassemble and repack them three times per year.
High points of the bike are the Alex DH22 rims (I have only ever seen them for sale at the shop where I worked where they were used on many of the touring and higher end hybrid bikes) I laced with 14 guage DT champion spokes... after thousands of kms of rough roads and riding home in the dark with no lights I have not yet had to true them; 7 speed barcon shifters; and a super-lightweight aluminum fork. I am posting pictures today because I previously said I would, and because I am procrastinating when I should be going out fort a long ride on the skidoo trails west of town. I will probably load up the trailer with my beer empties and make a run to the beerstore and on my way home pick up a doghouse I saw somebody throw away yesterday.
So without further ado -