I just completed (mostly) the first bike I've built from scratch. Still need to tape the bars, after I'm sure they're where I need them, and I'm sure there'll be some adjusting. I built from parts ordered from hither and yon, some new, some ebay, and I also built my first set of wheels! My camera is at the office, I'll post a picture tomorrow if I can figure out how.
Specs, if anybody's interested:
Shimano Deore LX M570 hubs 36h
Sun CR-18 700c 36h rims
DT Swiss 14ga spokes
Nashbar crank 28/38/48
Nashbar ISIS bottom bracket
Shimano RSX front derailleur
Shimano 105 rear derailleur
Shimano Deore LX M560 cantilever brakes
Shimano Tiagra Brifters
Nitto randonneur bars w/ Nitto stem
Cane Creek S2 Headset
Shimano 105 9-speed cassette 13-25
Brooks Champion Flyer saddle
Wellgo magnesium pedals
Went for a short spin this afternoon, so far, so good.
Pay no attention to the red bottle cage, it's all I had. Will be replaced with stainless.