So I made the mistake of riding a friend's keirin bike (old Panasonic) the other day and loved it, apart from the fact that it was a good 6cm too small for me (I hover around 58-59). I would like something with that feel, and, I'll admit it, I love the looks and the one-of-a-kind individuality that seem to come with the things.
A 58cm keirin frame is going to be about as obtainable as a platinum-plated Phil, right? I have considered custom but my budget does not extend that far at all. So far, I am relegated to trawling ebay, cl and this board on the off-chance that some kind of rare bird will spring up.
Also, I have a couple of friends spending the first half of 2006 in Japan who may well be able to do a bit of used gear shopping for me. I have my doubts that they will turn up anything as big as I need it, though. Maybe I'll just try to get them to scoop up some parts for me.
Should I just suck it up and turn my sights to italy et al? I just switched from everybody's favorite prefab track bike to hate on to a much more city-and-bad-weather-friendly crusty old road conversion but I'm already salivating about building something sparkly, agile and tracky once spring hits.