Originally Posted by dopey
Enablers like you and philosoph are just what I was looking for. A Waterford built frame in this color is likely what I am going get: It is a bit lighter in color than the frame I posted above. I am still thinking about the setup, but I am leaning towards cushy over speedy, except that I like downtube friction shifters rather than index bar end. But that is habit and perhaps I will be talked out of it. Some lugwork photos:
That looks great. Nothing wrong with a nice comfortable ride. Don't know why you'd want downtube shifters, though, except for nostalgia or aesthetic reasons. Reminds me of the summer I rode my dad's old, old Peugeot. I didn't bother to get it tuned up first, and the shifters only kept enough tension to hold two gears, or three if I held it in position while I rode. The leather seat was so dried-out that it was like hard plastic, so I duct-taped some foam moulding over it. It was ghetto-fabulous, and I'd get strange looks from the geared-up roadies who ruled the roads at early hours. Anyway, I much prefer not having to move my hands to shift.