I was in a bad crash 3.5 years ago and destroyed my custom frame that I had been riding for a little over 20 years. I had upgraded that bike to all Dura-Ace (7-speed if that tells you something about when the components were made). The components are still in good shape. It took 2 years after the crash before I started riding again and I resumed riding with a crossover bike. This summer I thought I might be ready for a real road bike so I've been looking on ebay for a frame ever since then. I finally found a frame that I think will work and ordered it, a Schwinn Paramount of all things.
I was hoping that all of my components would fit on the new frame and it would be easy to build it up. I had measured the bottom bracket of the old bike to determine if it was english or italian but my measurements were bad and I was wrong. My old frame was a custom frame from a US maker, but turns out to have Italian threads. I'm pretty sure that the Paramount has english threads, so now I have to find a replacement bottom bracket. I actually dismissed some frames that looked promising because they had italian threads, turns out they would have been fine for me. Oh well.
Right before my crash I decided to build new wheels using a freehub so I bought a set of used hubs, and new spokes and rims. Now I get the chance to build the wheels and actually use all of that stuff.
I thought about buying a more modern frame but I would have had to buy too many components. I'm an old guy now and I've ridden steel frames for over 30 years so I don't mind riding an old school frame, I'm even somewhat proud of it. The Schwinn Paramount is somewhat of a unique thing so I'm looking forward to it.