First time posting - hope i'm not too far off with the section, helpful advice is always appreciated. After reading a bunch of stuff on the forums, I bought a cross-check frame and am trying to build it up, mostly for commuting as a roadbike, though i'd like to be able to take it off road sometimes. I'm very much a newbie at building up a bike and on a budget. I already have a bunch of parts that I took off an aluminum frame that i'd like to use - I have a set of wheels, a specialized crank, Ultegra caliper brakes, ultegra front and rear derailleurs. Here's what I wanted help with and some advice on - names and specific models would be really helpful:
1. A reasonably priced headset. What price range do I want to be in for something quality that's going to last me, but not kill me. Can I get something quality for 40 bucks? If so, what is it.
2. I realize i'm going to look like an idiot with caliper brakes on a bike with braze ons- and I don't really want to be that idiot so...what are a good pair of cantilevers?
3. Probably a very newbie question - the front derailleur that I took off the aluminum frame is too big to tighten onto the steel frame - do I just get some piece of rubber or something to stick in there? Is there some special adjuster I can get. What am I looking for here?
4. Is there anything else off the top of your head that I should know here - seems like i'm running into some compatability problems I wasn't expecting right off the bat. Is running a road bicycle set up not a good idea here, or is it just the fact that the parts were from an aluminum frame or what? The holes were too small to mount the caliper brakes too. Exciting anyways.
Loving looking at the frame, would really love to get it set up quickly to actually ride! Thanks for your help!