So I finally decided what to spend some of my bike budget on.
I ordered a EAI bareknuckle in Khaki Green. $699 with fork.
I am now looking at building it up as a daily rider. My vision is running IRD defiant crank, Brooks honey saddle, chrome stem, seatpost with honey bar tape and only the front on an El Toro bar (with IRD cross lever).
My problem is, without much work, I'm pretty sure the wheelset is going to be the hard part for me. I don't want to build my own, and I'm not seeing any pre-built sets online that offer quality at a sub$500 pricetag.
Ah, the days of pre-built bikes. Why did I have to go deciding I wanted to build my own finally.