Let me start off by saying I'm new to touring and anything more than occasional recreational cycling trip. But thanks to stumbing on to this forum and reading about various experiences I cant think of anything else I'd really rather get into. That said, I have a lot to learn (just bought Zin's Guide to Road Bike Maintenance) and am hoping to could get a little advice.
I want to build up an LHT frame and know that my LBS can custom order and build the bike for me. The part I am unsure about, and conincidently know the least are the types of cranksets and gear ratios typical to touring bikes (or any bikes for that matter -- sorry starting from a ground up knowledge base ) Also is there a build kit out there someone would recommend?
The reason I am trying to to build a bike up is for one because I have the patience and that I feel I am learning far more of what I need to know by taking it slowly piece by piece.