In 2003 I spent 6 months cycling around Australia and New Zealand. I'd previously toured on a custom Dave Yates 700C tourer, which was a great bike but better suited to more lightly laden tours, so I sold that one (regrettably) and had him build me a new 26" wheel version. I've still got the frame, fork, racks, bars, stem, etc and a few parts, but it's been put away in storage for the last 10 years, waiting for me to have a chance to go touring again! (no chance of that for at least another 10 years though
I can't remember the exact build spec, but it's something like this:
Frame and fork: Dave Yates custom 26" wheel, based on a Reynolds 525 tubeset but with tandem chainstays, full braze-ons, etc.
headset: Hope enduro
stem: ITM (or 3TTT?) "THE" stem
bars: 3TTT (?) "morphe" - slightly swept back tops, and swept out drops. double wrapped with cork tape.
chainset: sugino fuse 500, 46/36/24
cassette: shimano 7 speed, 13-28
front mech: campagnolo road triple (mirage?)
rear mech: campagnolo mirage triple
gear levers: shimano 105 downtube (used in friction mode)
hubs: shimano STX special editon
rims: mavic 217 36 spoke, laced x4
brake levers: dia compe 217V
brakes: cane creek direct curve with tektro boosters and inline cable tension adjusters
tyres: vredestein spyder 26 x 2.1"
racks: tubus steel
panniers: ortlieb rear, carradice front
pedals: shimano spd
bottle cages: x3
I don't think I've missed anything!
It was/will be an absolutely brilliant bike - it actually handles better when fully loaded than when not. Going through the centre of Australia when fully loaded with water, the bike plus gear weighed about 60kg. I wore through a couple of rear sprockets, and the middle chainring (which I replaced with a steel one). The rear wheel also needed a new rim and spokes half way through the trip. I've sold a few of the parts on here, but others live on in other builds - the headset is now in my parkpre, the saddle is on my KHS, bottle cages on my caygill... other parts are stored, ready to be used again!
I don't have too many pics of the bike, but here's what I do have: