I'm looking to build a gravel/do it all bike bike for linking up road and bridal ways.
Material and geometry: I'm thinking old school steel, mostly because I've always wanted a steel frame. It will need to be something like Reynolds 531 butted or similar to keep the weight down. I want it to be relatively slack to handle the rough stuff but I don't understand the dinner point of a geometry diagram
I know what feels right to me but will probably buy online. I will be using some tiagra 4700 that I have in my bits box so may have to cold set the seat stays but I'm prepared to do that. Wheels and tyres I'm thinking wide like hunt 4 season or similar and some fat rubber.
Braking: bosses would be preferable so that cantilever or long reach options can be used.
Price: I don't have the deepest pockets (twins have reduced my bike funds) however I do have a bit of dad points from upgrading the wife's bike to 6800.
Parts: groupset is mostly 4700 but might swap the cranks for 1x or put a smaller inner ring.
Please give me some advice on frames and bargains you might of seen. Also the pros and cons of cantilevers and long drop brakes.