At first I was scared about doing this myself, but then I realized that since I need to know how to remove the rear wheel when I have a flat (and patch the puncture), I really do need to know more than how to adjust the saddle, the handlebars, grease the chain and and fill the tires!!
And obviously, I need to get to find out what SIZE frame I should get. You read the descriptions and one woman's bike will be called a 26 inch. And the very next bike will be described as a 14 inch. And I am sure they are not describing a bike for midgets. I need to find a bike shop or someone close who can help teach me from the ground up (and has the interest in doing so).
I live in a very small town nowadays, 30 miles from anywhere, and I want a bike to get around town - gas prices being what they are and my needing the exercise so desperately. To do light grocery shopping, heading to the library, etc. I was checking out safety flags and lights (already have a gel over-pad) and such at Walmart today. I WANT a bike.... but I want a bike I regard as fondly and affectionally as I used to regard my horse.
So tell me, FlatTop, how can I do a conversion like this, where can I learn? And how can I tell by LOOKING at a (close-up) photo whether a bike is a fixed or single gear? I can see I have so much to learn.