So I thought this would make a pretty nice first post. I ordered my Velvet Blue 54cm LHT frame the other day and will be at my house Monday for the building to begin. I have a few new parts (derailleur, chain, cranks) I can use from the plethora of other bikes I have and so far have settled on a Brooks B17 saddle and everything else is up in the air.
Currently looking for a 26" / 36 spoke rim brake wheel set. For the price and durability I've had great luck with XT hubs and DT spokes so I figured I stick with a triple butted spoke.
For the handle bars I'm not sure if I'm going with drop bars or maybe the Titec H bar (or something similar).
For brakes, what's the way to go with these. Should I go with the cantilever brake, V - style or??? Most of my riding with this bike will be loaded down with gear on the Northeast (USA) to start off.
Tires I'm going with the Shwalbe Marathon 2.0, lots of good write ups on this site for those.
For the racks and panniers, that's all up in the air as well, more reading to do on this site and others to get more info.
Well hopefully I'll have the bike together in a few months and take a little trip this fall.
Thanks in advance for the advice I get here.