I am a cross-country and downhill mountain biker but I recently became very interested in touring. I have been commuting on a cheap schwinn for two years and feel like it is time to step up to a steel bike that will commute and still have the ability to do some light touring.
I bought a Novara Safari frame and fork but I am looking for parts to build it up.
I have a few questions:
Bottombracket: what dimensions should I be looking for? (I have never been good with those things)
Also drive train related: would you suggest road gearing or mountain bike gearing?
I am a law student so setting this up has to be cost effective for sure.
Thank you in advance.