Hi all, I'm in the very early stages of planning a new bike. I'd like to do some randonneuring and just general commuting and riding on something lighter than my Kona Sutra. I love that bike, but as a full-on touring bike it's way overkill for most of the riding I do.
I'll probably buy a frame and build it up with 105ish stuff, Open Pros, etc. It has to be steel, tig is okay, and it has to have clearance for 32s with fenders. Of course it has to have the braze-ons for the fenders. No discs on this one.
Weight matters, I already have a tank/grocery getter.
I'd like to keep the frame and fork price under $600.
So I'm looking at Surly's Pacer, a frame I have long admired, and Salsa's Casserole. I like the Salsa, but I don't need the rack mounts (I definitely will not be putting a rack on this bike) and I don't know if I'm really feelin the straight-bladed fork.
So, I'm asking the community here, what other frames fit the bill? Surely there are tons out there, but I'm having a bit of a tough time finding alternatives.
Thanks in advance!