Waterford (edit) or Mariposa. Mariposa is known for randonneur bikes with specialized fittings so they shoudl be able to make up a wonderful loaded touring bike too. Custom geometry so it would take 26" mountain bike wheels in my frame size. If money were no object, the chromed, polished stainless steel lugs on every lug and fork crown. S&S couplers for traveling. Drop bars of course. TTT Morphe bars. Hubs would take Shimano splined cassettes. 9 speed Shimano 12-34 cassette. Not sure I would go for Shimano bar end shifters or Campagnolo Ergo. I'm not sure mixing brands between wheels and shifters/derailleurs works as well as some claim. Crank would be TA Zephyr or Race Face Turbine. These two cranks, and others I am sure, use 58mm bcd for the inner ring so they will take down to a 20 tooth cog. Outer bcd is unimportant since I can find rings in 110, 94, or 130 mm bcd to get half step gearing such as 46-43, 45-42, or 42-39. (edit) Or chuck the whole drivetrain issue and go with one of those Rohloff internal gear hubs. Schmidt generator hub and two Schmidt E6 lights. Gordon racks probably. Cantilever brakes, not V brakes. Brooks saddle of course.
But my current loaded touring bike is OK and rides fine. There is something to be said for having a lower priced touring bike. You don't care about it as much so you don't hesitate to ride it anywhere. That's important on a tour. It gives you more freedom if you're not restrained by your posessions.
This message was edited by RussellSeaton on 5-1-06 @ 10:25 AM