Hello from Southern California.
Been an avid cyclist for several years and ride everything from a recumbent to a fixie. I built my first fixie ala Sheldon Brown, starting with an old Raleigh Technium frame and re-dished road wheels. I really enjoyed building it and riding that bike, lots of miles on it. I bought the frame and fork from a tweaker for seven bucks and put a pretty fancy multi color rattle can paint job on her. I took a break from cycling (don't ask) and put on quite a few pounds... Anyway, I got back into riding again and dusted off the ole Raleigh the other day and noticed she was in dire need of some upgrades. For one thing, I noticed I had a broken spoke and it looked as though it could have been broken quite awhile. The tires are checked and one thing and another.... I took her for a ride anyway, great fun, but decided to pop for some new wheels. I ordered some up, then found a good deal on a frame (Redline) and the shopping spree was on. I anticipate next week being like Christmas at my house and me dancing around the repair stand as I open boxes and hang new parts on that frame. I hate to retire the old Technium, but after building her I started hearing the horror stories about the bonded frames coming un-bonded at the worst possible times. So, I'd rather play it safe and if anybody is interested in the technium frame and fork (it's red, yellow and blue), let me know.