As a happy, yet seeking variety, owner of CF and aluminum bikes, I am decided to build my first steel bike. I have a broad concept. Classic, elegant silver painted steel frame, modern group, nice, light road fenders and brown leather seat and handlebar tape. Gentleman's road bike. Something similar to Raleigh Clubmnan, but with classic geometry (no slope on TT):
So my question. What frames would you recommend? Looking for something with standard thread (preferably), high quality (but no more then $350-400) , light and quick. As mentioned above more English gentleman than Italian stallion .
That does not mean I would reject a nice Italian frame; more matter of character than nationality .
Thank you for all suggestions and tips for first time builder. Pictures of the similar builds would be great.