Over the past several months I have considered building a single speed or fixed gear bike for commuting around town. With little experience in bike shopping and building, I am looking for some suggestions for a quality frame and wheel set. I'm primarily interested in an aluminum frame, and completing the bike for under $300, total. Again, I'm a beginner, and not sure how realistic it is to get a quality frame, along with wheel set, for that price point. Any helps is appreciated.
2012 Cannondale CAAD10, 2013, 1989 Centurion Ironman Master Dave Scott
completely unrealistic if you are getting everything new. You could get a really cheap steel frame for $100. Wheelset will run around $100 on the low end for something decent. So you are at $200 before a crankset, bottom bracket , headset, stem, bars, brakes, levers, saddle, pedals, bar tape, tires, tubes, cables etc and you'll have a lousy frame. You might be able to cobble something together that is decent for all used parts if you are patient and get good deals but that could take a while to collect everything. If you truly only can spend $300 and need a complete bike you would be better off with something like this