Basically, the fixed gear that I have been lusting after is going to take longer than expected for me to get my hands on - something in the neighborhood of 8 weeks which, with the summer upon us, is unacceptable.
So - I'm looking for something to fill the void. I need a new city bike anyways.
I've done a TON of reading and research on the myriad of frames available, but at this point the finer feature of each are kind of a blur. Perhaps you guys can help.
Which bike (preferably off the rack, but frame only and build to suit is possible)
*will allow me to run fixed / ss
*will accept an internally geared hub later on down the road perhaps (3 - 5 speed max)
*will accept fenders
*will accommodate a front rack / basket (not essential, but would be really nice)
*will accept a rear rack
Above those things I'd prefer steel, would like something at least kind of fun / zippy and would like to keep the price point below a grand if I can.
If nothing springs to mind, I might just buy something like the Masi CX, though for my day-to-day commuting and errands I really don't need the gears.