I am moving on from my first road bike, a 2010 Specialized Allez, http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=104468
I have lusted after various steel racing machines from the likes of Speedvagen, Independent Fabrications, Firefly, and Baum but knew that I would most likely never afford one of these frames, nor have the riding ability to justify owning one. I am a purely recreational rider. However, I have to admit that aesthetics are a huge part of the attraction to a bike, most likely given my field: architecture. That along with the joy of a project build have led me to a 2013 Ritchey Road Logic frameset. I've always wanted to try a steel frame. I love the juxtaposition of deep wheels and skinny tubes and I love the color gray. It was pretty much love at first site, especially when considering the MSRP of $1300, half or so of what a custom frame would cost.
My stem and seatpost are currently at the painter (getting painted to match the frame) and in about a week's time my new ride will be built up. In the meantime, here are some shots of the my new frame. Size 55. The tig welded frame weighs 1789g and the uncut fork weighs 371g.