First off, a big shout out to @HobbesOnTour for setting me off on this, some would say, rather optimistic project. I won't rehash the reasons behind this (mostly because I can't be bothered and time is too short) but I've committed myself to building a touring bike using the frame from my 1998 GT Timberline (RIP), a credit card and a, probably over inflated, sense of my capabilities. I've started this thread more to motivate myself to keep going rather than to entertain my fellow CCers (although I'm sure I'll supply many chuckles with my ineptitude). Please feel free to rag me mercilessly over my choice of parts, colour scheme, order of assembly, tools, etc. All advice will be gratefully received (and, more than likely, studiously ignored). OK then, let's get going.