Let me preface this by saying I'm a road biker who lives philadelphia. I know nothing about BMX bikes, but you all look like hooligans to me. Haha.
I have a question for you... I'm thinking about taking a bmx and converting it into a higher, more-upright bike similar to a mini velo, like this:
My bike, however, is going to have brakes and a front derailleur (nobody that I know of has done this, but I think a 2 speed bmx with a fd and ghetto rigged tensioner is possible)
Anyways, I don't want to rob the earth of a nice bmx frame for this possibly stupid project, but I don't want to buy a hi-tensile walmart bmx either. Part of the appeal of this project is to have a light bike that doesn't take up room in my apt.
So, can anybody recommend a certain brand/decade of bmx to look for on CL and ebay? Something that is aluminum or 4130 cromo... decent BB heights for 170mm road cranks... and not too expensive? Budget for this project is around $100... conversion parts are going to be at least $35 of that.