I'd been riding the Peugeot UO-8 around for a while and I decided I wanted something a little nicer. I began a search for a nice frame with beat-up paint (I live in NYC, the paint gets destroyed as it is, and having a shiny bike is a greater theft target). I found this on eBay in my size - after a lot of back and forth, I decided to go for it. Almost lost at the last minute, and cranked my bid up to $300. Won the frame and fork for a little less than that, but got an email from the seller - apparently there was a ding on the top tube. I decided that since I'd probably be adding several more in the future, it wasn't an issue, but he was super nice and knocked $90 off the price anyway. Hooray! The tubing is Columbus SLX, hand-made in Oregon. Frame and fork weigh about 5lb. It really is beautiful, and the crappy rattle-can paint job is kind of growing on me. Seller believed the fork is the original color.
I had found a Trek in the trash that was too big for me - I stripped all the parts off and donated the frame to the local bike co-op. Most of those parts came to the Strawberry. After a couple of nights at the co-op last November I had built myself my first fixed gear, and the first nice bike I've owned. I eventually upgraded the cranks to some Ofmega track cranks and had to have a shop help me with the BB since I had no idea what length or taper was necessary.
From what I can gather, Strawberry patented the integrated binder bolt into the top tube, as I haven't seen it anywhere else. Not many others used the wishbone stay on road bikes either. Lugs are filed super flat.
The bike may end up back as a road bike in the future, but I'm certainly not letting go of it (there's no way I'm grinding/cutting anything off this bike). It fits me about perfectly and it rides beautifully. Kind of a mish-mash of parts, but there's a lot of love (and blood, those lugs are sharp) in it.
Frame/fork: Strawberry, serial# SRC139
Bars: 3TTT road drops
Stem: no-name road stem
Headset: Oldschool Dura-Ace
Wheels: Formula/CXP22 combo
Tires: Rubino Pro
BB: Miche adjustable
Cranks: Ofmega 'Super Competizione' with matching ring, 52t
Cog: EAI 18t
Seatpost: generic Sakae
Saddle: Specialized BG
Pedals: MKS GR-9