With a big birthday and a continued cycling discipline taking me 2-3k miles a year, it felt like the time was right.
I've been looking for the right custom builder for about 9 months, and finally settled on Ira Ryan over the last week. Spoke to him yesterday and will send a check to hold my place in line shortly.
Going for lugged steel, big tubes for stiffness, and probably a classic crowned fork. Likely go for traditional geometry and a longer wheelbase, as I don't race and I like long rides. I'll move most of the transmission over from my current ride (Kona Kapu) to help keep the costs lowish initially. It will be big -- top tube likely 59-60 or so.
I'm excited about the ride, and the process, and the concept of owning somehting so beutiful and unique that is tuned to me. Any tips from folks out there who got custom builds?