I have never ridden a classic, high-quality steel bike....but I want to.
I tried a '09 Masi Speciale two years ago, but was disappointed by how flexy it was. Made in Taiwan. I bought a Ciocc Designer '84 frameset on eBay for $200, but found that it was too big, and never built it. I resold it for $150 on craigslist. It needed a LOT of cosmetic restoration, but the buyer was VERY excited to buy it. Maybe it was worth much more - who knows. We chatted a bit, and he was also VERY excited about vintage italian steel. So my interest is further piqued.
So, I'm back to looking for a vintage high-quality steel bike...I would like it to have aggressive, traditional "race" geometry. I hope to put a 10-speed group on it, so I believe i'm looking for a frame with at least 126mm rear spacing.
Can anyone offer some pointers on shopping for these?