This fall I plan on riding across the U.S. with a friend. I'm starting with an LHT frame and going from there. But before I even commit that much, I have some doubts:
I want to build the bike up myself for perhaps obvious issues, and mostly because I just love building and getting to know the things I use. However, if someone gave me a compelling argument to buy the bike stock, I could be convinced at this point. I also need to be a bit conscious of monetary resources, so if I build it up from the frame I'd like to buy higher-end for the really important stuff, and mid-end for the less integral things. So let's get down to it.
I'm not really sure I know where to start. I'd really just love some recommendations for every part of the bike, such as headset, cranks, derailleurs, pedals, rims, hubs, tires, brakes... everything!
I figure I'll go with a brooks saddle, and perhaps the Sugino XD triple crank up front, but that's as far as I've gotten.
Any help is greatly appreciated.