I now have my ride. Time to start hitting the road. As we all know our requirements are are such a custom build fits us best. I worked with a local bike co-op and ended up with just what I wanted at a price I could well live with.
Time to weigh in and start a chart. I know at the start I will not be going far or fast but over time my numbers should improve.
I will post updates as progress is made.
I have posted the story of my bike co-op adventure here http://thefrugalhamstercyclist.blogspot.com/
for those who have an interest. A bit to long to post here for the few that care.
Thanks to all who helped in the process.
Hope to meet some of you on the road at some point.