I've had a LItespeed Appalachian frame laying around the back room for a couple years. I've finally decided to build it up as a touring bike.
I thought that I would ask you, Fellow Tourers, what sort of equipment and components that you consider absolutely essential for your dream tourer.
I will start you off with a few questions: Suspension fork? Triple? Aero bars? Disc brakes? 7/8/9 or 10 speed?
(There will be no prizes given for the most interesting posts. I intend to use the bike for a cross Canada ride next year.)