I've just started looking around again for a C&V road bike, lugged steel frame, 80's vintage, Japanese or something similarly nice.
Found a Paramount Series 5 PDG but the seller wont ship, and hasn't replied to my last email almost 3 days ago now (even tho my cousin can pick it up).
The local market around here is nil. No, worse than that, really.
I've LONG thought of ordering a Bob Jackson frame, then just save my pennies for a decent groupset, hoops and other necessary parts. Not sure how much a frame would cost - the base off-the-peg frames seem very reasonable, but I wonder how much say, a lugged 853 frame would add. Probably contact them come Monday.
Likewise I would LOVE to get a Japanese domestic market Panasonic frameset, but....roundtrip tickets to Japan are awfully expensive, and I bet that Customs fella is a ***** to deal with.
There's a certain bike on ebay right now that's one of my personal grails, and by the looks of it, a lot of others certain to have more cash than me.
Only one local bike I might be able to look at tomorrow - it's a '00 Schwinn Peloton, welded 853 frame. Might be a good buy or not?
I put a deposit on a 2011 Allez Double steelie, at least I would have a road bike to RIDE instead of just staring at on a computer screen. But to hear everyone tell it I can somehow find a good bike for $100....well, seems like everywhere but here.
So, whaddya think - a Paramount PDG OS, or a welded 853 frame, or a custom/semi-custom Bob Jackson, or call Yellow Jersey and see if they can get a Panasonic? Pretty wide range of costs here, from about 500 on up to 1500-ish, and frankly I'm just plain frustrated with all the digging,etc. I have a Trek 7200 hybrid, and while it's been an okay bike and I rode it a fair bit last summer till I got kidney stones (ouchie, but squeezed 'em all out now I think, feeling better). The more I rode the Trek, the more I wanted and still want to get a road bike, and every time I've test ridden a road bike I've felt right at home on it.
fyi I'm right around 325# at the moment, No problems with the Trek's rims but those are pretty sturdy (and heavy).