Hi; I have an idea of my perfect bike, and it's a Crosshairs with disk brakes AND rear rack braze-ons. Apparently this is not an option - I have to choose a rear disk OR a rear rack.
My rationale for disk brakes is to ensure maximum stopability as a commuter in rainy Vancouver. The rear rack is to support the two or three times a year when I will go on a 2, 3, or occasionally a 4 day light touring adventure.
So I can go with standard canti's on the rear and a disk up front if I want the rack mount, or I can have disks front and rear and use a rear axle-mounted rack - something like those available from http://www.oldmanmountain.com/
(thanks to Ed at my LBS for this suggestion).
I wonder if anyone has advice for me? I do not have experience with disk brakes, only the opinions of fellow cyclists who highly recommend them. I must admit that I was ready to go with the rear catilever brakes until I saw Ed Testa's crosshairs on the gallery: http://www.waterfordbikes.com/gunnar/data/gallery/galleryshow.php?rg=1&rgid=142
how sweet is that !?