And the questions continue!! In review I'm really tall and heavy and I'm going to build a custom touring bike. We have already solved (I think) the bar problem, the Salsa bars look really good.
Now for some other questions.
Hubs I know Phil Wood hubs are the best, but I'm not sure I can afford them, any alternatives, I now use Shimano XT's and they tend to last about 3 years.
Rims Sun now makes the Ryno Lite in a 29 inch model and I have good luck with them in the past, they are MTB rims could they be too wide, for touring?
And finally (for now) brakes, the builder kind of likes mechanical disks, but I'm not sure I need the complexity or cost. Which is better suited for a touring bike, disks, V's, or cantilever?
Thanks for all the ideas. Ted This is almost as much fun as the ride!