From 12 to 16 years old I rode a Raleigh Rodeo muscle bike / stingray everywhere near home in West Germany. It was a skinny tire bike great for wheelies with a 3 speed SA hub and a Brooks banana saddle. Mine was red
I just dropped off a 26" MTB frame (Camelback from NYCBikes) and fork for painting at my auto body shop (their first). It's getting the 4 coat (primer, black, base, clear) treatment of a Ruby Perlescent Metal flake style paint. The sample glows in the sun! So far I have a 42T crankset, sissy bars, 16" ape hangers, stem, and NOS white saddle. I've updated some alloy wheels (rear -> bolt on) and installed very nice 1.5" slicks and a 7 speed freewheel. I've got some linear pull XT brakes and rear derailleur pulled off my son's previous bike. I would like an alternitive to a grip shifter but that may have to wait.
I hope she comes out as nice as I'm planning. She's funded by a dozen flipped bikes on Craigslist - which helps me overlook the paint job costing 50% of the total cost.