Shipping to Canada for the anodized pipe is not cheap. I'm not prepared to spend that much right now... what I wanted to change was not a "problem" as much as it was a possible improvement. If I could have done it easily and relatively cheaply it would be worth it.
I was never questioning that there are appropriate materials available over the net... the purpose of the post was to find out other people opinions on the appropriateness of a different material (which in this case, I can get locally). I don't know very much about materials science, so I asked here. Those with more knowledge of materials have given me good reason to think that this material is not suitable, so the question is answered... that's all I wanted.
You quite clearly have a lot of insight in this area and I respect your opinions... given that your own projects often take a non-standard approach, I thought you would be able to relate and lend some assistance. I could use the same argument that you have to suggest that it's easier for you to just buy a frame made by someone else instead of making them yourself, but you have made it clear that this is something you have no interest in, right? It's a bit of the same with me... I could just buy Schedule 40 aluminum pipe from NRS and do it the way 90% of people do, but I would rather see if I could build something lighter and cheaper. What's wrong with that?
I'm not trying to be antogonistic in this response... I'm just really surprised at the negative responses I've got from this thread, and I really can't figure out why that would be. I really hoped that if anyone would see it from my perspective that it would be you (based on your posts on mountainbuzz related to frame-building).
But I digress, and maybe this should be in "The Eddy" now.