Much of this is mainly asthetics that I am questioning, as searching the forums has provided answers to my other questions.
I have an older lugged Trek bike, full 531 frame with sport-touring geometry (if you will) that I am having canti-bosses brazed onto the back. I have already purchased a Surly CrossCheck 1" threadless fork to use on the front, as well as set of NOS Shimano XT canti's off eBay that will be used with Onza chill pills
The frame has plenty of tire clearance and rides wonderfully. However, since I am getting a threadless fork I need a new headset. I have always wanted a King, but never gotten around to finding the money or need for one. Not that that should stop me now, I still can't justify one, but I would really like it nonetheless.
So question A: Get the King headset? Or go with an FSA Orbit X (looks the same, almost the same bearings) for approximately $80 less?
Question A & 1/2: Since I am getting a new headset, regardless, should I go with a black or silver one? The fork will black, frame is staying the color it is now.
Question B: I have an 1 1/8" stem on there now with a Profile quill adapter. I have added a picture of why I want to keep that stem. I know I can get a shim for the stem, but what is the proper protocol for spacers? 1", 1 1/8" ?
Question B & 1/2: Anyone know where to get a good cable stop/hanger for a threadless steerer in 1", or 1 1/8" as may be needed?
Question J: How do I post the pics in the text?
Thanks for your help and input,