Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
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A frame builder could add whatever braze-on fittings you want such as downtube shifter bosses, cable quides, water bottle cage mounts, etc., etc. I weould avoid adding a front derailleur braze-on tab as it limits your choice of chainrings in the future.
If you are a competent brazer and have a source for the fittings you could certainly do it your self. Your bike isn't made of an exotic steel or with super thin wall tubes so the probability of doing damage to it is small. Obviously, this will require a full repaint but you are planning that anyway.