I've never built a bicycle frame before,but want to give it a shot.
I've started reading the Paterek book,along with the forums,and I am thinking of pulling the trigger on the tube/BB/lug set in the link below:
Question: Would this frame set likely give me that light/lively/sweet ride of a butted modern steel frame I've been reading about? OR might the oversize tubes give me a harsh ride? (I'm not a racer)and do not want the harsh ride of the sub $1000 aluminum bikes I have sampled.
This would be built into an aprox. 56cm/56cm frame.CS lenght of about 420mm,cheap Nashbar carbon/alum fork,using a basic 32 spoke 3x Mavic Open/Ultegra wheel set,and re-using my quite firm Brooks B-17 saddle.
My Nova tech question e-mails have gone unanswered.The gal on the phone said the guy I need has been ill,and is really backed up.
Current road bike: 1980 low/mid level 58cm Fuji Royale str.gage cromo main tubes,ridden primarily on paved bike trails.
Drop bars setup level with seat. Very short stem/high rise from sons old mtn bike.Top tube too long.
A bit about me,to maybe help with the question/suitability of the listed tube set:
In my early fifties, 5'-10.5",190+lbs. Good health/decent shape.
I been trying to maintain a 15 sometimes 18 mph clip on the old girl (avg.~14.7 on the computer),aprox. 10 to 20 mile rides 3 to 5 times/wk. 2000+ miles ridden in the last year or so.This is my second year riding regularly.(in a long time.)I love the rush of zipping along trying to extend the lengths of my little sprints,occasionally passing those young guys... for a little while... :-)
25 years industrial machinery repairman (multi-craft/jack of all trades environment).
Oxy/acet torch,small knee mill,12"x36"lathe,3'x5'x2''thick threaded steel inspection/build table, general shop tools,out in the garage.
I have some old frame tubing,and lugs to disassemble/clean,and practice the silver brazing if I go ahead with this project. I have industrial refrigeration compressor/condenser/evaporator change out's under my belt.The torch heat control experience may help with the tube and lugs I would hope.