I just wanted to say hi, I am new to bikeforums, joined to get info from those with more experience, also to find others interested in bikes.
I am building my first "touring" bike this winter, something that will be suitable for loaded riding for weekend trips and maybe if I am up to it, a longer ride at the end of the summer. I am about a month's research into the project and assuming another month + before I turn the first wrench.
Starting with a hardtail/fixed fork chromo mtb frame & going from there. planning drop bars, sti shifters, new crankset & a few other details. Making sure I learn enough before getting started to do it right the first time around.
Parts list so far is simple:
Profile Design H20 quill (100mm/90*)
Profile Design H20 drop bars
Sora 7/8 speed shifters (assuming I can find them...)
Michelin City tires (26x1.4)
Shimano PD-M324 pedals
Still need to choose my crankset, my LBS has found a few that seem to be in the gear range I am shooting for (48/36/26) My rear is currently a 14-28 7 speed, no specific plans to change that out yet.
Down the road, I will start looking at a saddle upgrade & racks, in the meantime my priority is getting the bike rideable!
Any input or feedback is welcome, otherwise I am just thinking out loud