So, about 2 months ago I put together a fixed gear bike. This bike:
It's put together from an old crappy Nishiki road frame that I took apart, cleaned the headset internals one by one and relubed them, sanded the frame, and carefully repainted it. It was great fun and i'm really proud of it everytime i ride it. Since it's such an "unusual" bike, it's a great conversation starter, too. However, while most of the components on the bike are top notch, the frame leaves a lot to be desired. It's too big for the wheels, (27" frame with 700c's, so huge clearance) it has really loose geometry , and flexes all over the place. I can feel it bending all sorts of directions when i trackstand. Also, there's a good deal of rust on the inside of the tubes...
So a couple of weeks ago, at the bike shop, I see this orange track frame that I fall in lust with on the spot. It's an old Zeus frame, beautifully lugged, no decals (perfect, I hate decals) built for 700c's, no brake drillings, practically zero clearance between tire and fork ceiling, really tight geometry. A few paint chips but nothing major. I asked about the price today and the shop owner said he'd sell it to me for $200 for frame/fork/headset. Basically, the 3 things that I slaved over when building my bike
So I'm really tempted to get this frame and move my components over to it, but at the same time I'm hearbroken because of the work I put into the current frame. The red tires would look weird on an orange frame but whatever. What do you think?!