I've done a search and not a lot comes up. My basic question is what would you pick as the easiest frame to build up? I assume that bikes are very similar to cars in that some parts are much easier to come across, install easier, and ultimately make for a better "first time" experience.
My idea is to custom paint the frame myself (my family are all auto-painters, so no cost here):
Shimano friendly (as that is what I've got on my other bikes)
triple with 12/28+ cassette
mainly a very local commuter (several miles here/there) maybe add a beer basket/rear rack
Budget <$500-800 USD
I'm mechanically proficient, but I don't want to start with the bicycle version of a 74 Fiat conversion that I can't get anything to fit, nor find anything.
Any frame suggestions (Schwinn/Raleigh/trek/spec?) would help me narrow down my garage sale searches/craigslist etc.
Thanks for any insight!