The Nitto Dirt stem arrived today, too. I put the Nitto Noodle bars in the stem and it looks like it'll work great with the Cannondale ST500. The Nitto Dirt stem angles the bars up and that helps keep me in a much more upright position on the bike. I'll like that. The Nitto Technomic stem raise the bars, too, but the Dirt stem also angles the bars up another 4 inches. Height can be adjusted by moving the stem up and down to the desires height. Should work well for touring. Pictures, I promise, as soon as the bike is put together after the frame is painted.
Will get some other touring gear out this week and do some more reviews, too. Gives me a good reason for going through my stuff and seeing how it's all doing after being stored for a few years.
Now, a tune...Billy Joe Shaver doing "Black Rose". One of my favorite country singers.