The last couple of bikes I've built have all been friction shifting, toe clips and nothing more then 7 gears. And the best part is these bikes have been getting the most use over my 11spd Chorus and my 10spd Red bikes. They also have clip less pedals which I'm beginning to hate and plan on ditch those and getting some nice platforms. I like being able to just grab a bike and ride and not have to change my shoes just to ride my bikes.
Even the frame I'm building is going to be 126...possibly 120 and don't see going back to anything in double digits gearing wise in the rear. Reading that dang Grant Peterson book got me! Haha!
I feel like I'm turning into the cycling version of the grumpy old man Dana Carvey used to play on SNL. "That's the way it was and we like it!"