This is basically what I discussed with Steve regarding the new bike (some things I already had, like the saddle and pedals, the rest he supplied):

Steel touring frame (road). He uses Reynolds 725 for S&S coupled bikes.
S&S couplings with DaVinci cable splitters.
26" wheels.
Mavic rims, 36 hole (presta valve), straight, not butted, spokes.
Clearance for 1.75" tires plus good fender clearance. 
Vertical dropouts, not horizontal.
Shimano XT group; 9 sp. 44/32/22, 11-32.   
Cranks - 170's.
Barcon shifters.
Quill (threaded) stem - not Ahead.
V-brakes with Travel Agent.
Deda Anatonic handlebar - 40cm.
Saddle: Brooks B-66 saddle.
Shimano 536 pedals.
Imron wet coat color #4441 (Dark aqua metallic). (Changed my mind from this to Candy Apple Red metallic [which I didn't like when I saw the actual paint chip], and then to Sovereign Blue - with clear coat.)

Chain stay more in range of 43-44cm than 45. (So, slightly shorter than the "usual" touring bike.)
All the "usual" touring brazeons.
Rack and fender eyelets (I plan to use Blackburn low-ride in front).
Mid-fork bosses (for the low-rider rack)

Last updated: April 25, 2003

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