Project sub $800, sub 24lb bike.
Used Tree Lil' Buddy frame - $250
Stolen "Cheater" kit off amazon - $348 shipped
Parts came in, put it together last night. Bike ended up weighing exactly 23lbs on the dot once air was in the tires.
I don't think I could be happier with it looks wise. Now I get to be the old guy that used to ride and now sucks but has a nice bike. Awesome.
The bars are so wide. I need to cut them down about an inch and a quarter on each side. That is my only gripe so far!
And yes we had a photoshoot. All photo credit goes to my badass roommate Tyler brown ( http://www.tylerbrownvisuals.com/ )