Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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True 'nuff about the wheels. I'm pretty close to your weight, manley, and I'd also suggest going with a 26" wheel if you're planning on doing curb hopping and other such urban bang-around riding. You'll also have a wider tire clearance on a MTB frame so you can put a bigger street tread tire and get yourself some extra cushion for rough roads and harsh landings.
For a singlespeed conversion, I'd look at an older mountain bike for starts. The dropouts on early 90s rigid frame MTBs usually have horizontal or semi-horizontal dropouts which are pretty long. This means that you can get away without having to use a chain tensioner.
I had a '91 Stumpjumper which lasted me a gazillion miles before I gave it to a friend when I bought a new bike.
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.