I've been searching high and low for my dream frame, but can't seem to figure out what it should be. Here are the requirements, I'm looking for a frame that meets all of them, or comes very close:
*High quality lightweight steel, like Columbus, Tange or Reynolds
*Fast, racing-oriented geometry, not a touring frame
*Room to run 700c x 28 wheels with SKS chromoplast fenders
*Full braze-ons for racks and fenders
*Model not so fancy that I'll feel weird building out as a fixie, (ie. not looking for Schwinn Paramounts)
*Not Italian. Why? Because I'd feel especially weird building out any decent Italian road frame as a fixie
*Sells for no more than $150 on Ebay so that it isn't too valuable to ride year-round and park outside the grocery store.
For a long time I was hoping to find a Centurion or Miyata but nowadays people seem to have caught on to their value. Mid-eighties upper-level Schwinns can be nice, but haven't found the right one yet. Also looking at Raleigh, Univega, Nishiki, etc. but those are the obvious choices. What am I missing? Anyway, just looking for ideas. Any opinions are greatly appreciated.