I've raced road and triathlon bikes for years. I'm used to double cranksets, and am sold on compact cranks for lots of applications. I would also like to keep things standard with Shimano 10 speed doubles.
I'm looking to build a bike for commuting 5-7 miles each way, 5-7 days a week starting this fall. The bike needs to accomodate aggressive tires for winter in a northern climate. I'd also like to have the option of using it for some light touring, like hosteling in Europe.
Given these parameters, I've developed some of the build, but have noted some of the question areas below. Please feel free to comment and lend advice on any aspect of the build.
Frame: Surly Long Haul Trucker 54cm, red.
Saddle: Brooks B17 Narrow (honey), or a Swallow if I could find it for less than $300.
Bars: Nitto classic bends, 44cm.
Tape: Cinelli cork varnished to match the saddle.
Stem: Thompson 110mm, silver.
Seatpost: Thompson Elite, silver.
Shifters: Ultegra 10 speed STI.
Chain: Wipperman Stainless.
Crank: Stronglight Impact Compact 48/34, silver, Octalink compatible.
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra double.
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT or Ultegra long cage (?)
Cassette: Does anyone make a 10 speed 12-32?
Wheels: Mavic Open Pro 36 hole hoops on Ultegra hubs.
Tires: Vittoria Pave 700x25 in the summer, maybe studded 'cross tires in the winter. Ruffy tuffy's for touring (?).
Fenders: Those hammered silver ones. Don't recall the name.
Brakes: Something that accomodates some big tires (?)
Racks, Bags, and Lights: I'm looking to have a rear rack with a basket on top and a bag on each side. As far as lights go, I have little flashers, but should probably look into something more substantial.