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.
Your blog was a very interesting read. I have not heard of bike co-ops or elf's before, although my brother's garage sound's a lot like one. He seems to have an affinity for old discarded bikes, fixing them as he has time and then gives away to friends. Congratulations on your bike build and enjoy the sights and sounds of the gentler world!