Don't know where to get started with flipflop hardtail mountain bike
For a year or so now, I've wanted to build a no suspension mountain bike (with hybrid 700 x 35c tires), and a singlespeed/fixed gear flip flop hub at the back, with traditional geometry.
The bike would be a fantastic bike with plenty of speed, no suspension absorbing your effort, and a worthy trail bike, a task my roadie is just a bit too fragile to handle, and I would also use the fixed gear for training my pedal stroke at the local velodrome.
Problem is, I don't know where to start! Should I ask the shop to build it all for me (I know a few shops could do it), but would that be too expensive? Should I look part by part, but I think that will be way too hard because many of the parts would be too rare on ebay. I'm a very tall guy, so a 60cm frame isn't the easiest to find either.
What suggestions to people have?
Have a shop do it? Why that's crazy! Half of the fun (maybe more than half) of a project like this is figureing everything out, accumulating the parts and doing it yourself. Why would you want to pay somebody else to have that fun insted of you?
You can do this. Expect it to take some time and expect to make a few miscues along the way. That's all part of the fun too. Acquire parts whenever and whereever you can and just do it.
Sounds like you'd want a fixed gear cyclo cross bike. Look for an older frame with horizontal drop-outs or something like a Surly Cross-Check. Get a fixed cog rear hub. Use whatever spare parts you have to get it built up.
Found this photo on Fixed Gear Gallery...http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005/jan/oliver.htm