built this bike up about a year ago, and it's the one I find myself
using more than any other - for commuting, for weekend rides with
my wife and friends, for saddlebag touring, it even goes on the
occasional training run with the local Veterans cycling club. In
fact, if I could keep only one bike, this would be it.
60cm LHT frame, equipped with mostly mid-level components except
for the rear wheel, which is built around a respaced 40-hole Phil
Wood tandem hub and a Mavic Module-3 rim, and the cranks, which
are NOS Shimano Deore XT M730 from the early 1990s, which in my
opinion are the best cranks that Shimano ever made. Mudguards are
Berthoud, with a mudflap cut from a dishwashing detergent bottle.
The cantilever brakes are also NOS Deore XT, and I have used cable
splitters to allow me to easily drop the fat 700x37 Panaracer Pasela
tyres out past the brake blocks without much trouble. The saddlebag
is a Carradice camper longflap, in green rather than the usual black,
which complements the colour of the frame quite nicely.