really now...how much of a difference is there between some big name famous frame (merckx, rensho) vs a mercier, windsor, IRO, etc? and i'm not talking racing, or 100 year life expectancy, i'm talking geometry, stability, handling, short distance ride comfort, etc.
basically, for 'around town' riding, is it really possible that one is going to be that much noticably better than the other? keep in mind, this is just frames, not components. also, again, we're talking riding to the store, running errands, etc. nothing serious.