I ran into same extra cash last week, literally. Was hit by some jerk. I am okay but my commuter bici is not so good. The hunt for a new frame to build up has led to these three candidates, all around $300. Each have things I like and dislike but I can't decide. I need some second opinions.
Likes: good rider reviews, well received geometry, chris king headset
Dislikes: bright green color, not lugged, small dent on top tube (seller says from socket wrench slipping off crank bolt and hitting frame. Only a cosmetic issue), threadless fork (not pictured)
Rich Adams handbuilt frame
Likes: columbus steel, lugged, includes chris king headset and a miche BB, subtle sage/olive color and nice finish, handbuilt
Dislikes: threadless fork, Don't know much about Rich Adams frames?
Ciocc track Frame
Likes: classic italian track frame, threaded fork, campy headset
Dislikes: paint not as nice as other frames
Any input is appreciated, especially regarding the Rich Adams frame. I like this frame but I have a fear of the unknown.