I know this sounds like a troll question, but it really is not. I am building up a light touring/general commuting bike for a friend...this would be something that would be a viable alternative to a car for him + to take on 1 day camping trips and ideally be enjoyable to ride rather spiritedly when not loaded. I expect that I will build him something based on a 1980s steel touring frame (Trek, Fuji, Miyata, Univega, etc.), but looking around I saw these $49 dollar (well, actually $75) frames on Ebay using a brand name that 20-30 years ago was a quality brand. While I expect it's simply a name that's been purchased & slapped on a cheap frame, my question is whether anyone has any experience with these bikes. On the surface, it seems like a decent basis for building the bike, though I have to admit I'm not particularly fond of aluminum frames (despite owning a '80s Cannondale touring bikes that I do really enjoy) and I am particularly fond of the idea of rebuilding a semi-vintage steel frame. Anyway, here's a link to the auction & if anyone has any useful input or experience with these I'd like to hear it.
thanks in advance.