Trying to build a fixed gear for cheap, but I am big heavy guy and need to consider durability. I am 6'8", and am weighing 250 or so. If I can ever get healthy again for a long period, probably 230-40. So obviously I cant be too uptight about a couple of ounces if I got some extras lbs on the spare tire
This may seem complex, but it is all factored together.
the bike has araya rims chromed, orig from early 80's. they are 27". What I want to do is get up and running, and will probably not put a new wheel on the front for the time being unless a super deal jumps up at me.
Now a 700 wheel is smaller right? now that is going to affect the standover and bottom bracket height of the bike unless I am crazy.
Now I want to put 175 or bigger cranks on eventually, up from stock 170. for another day...
My plan is to get a new rear hub at least, probably both, and build new wheels. should I worry about rims too much, or is it # of spokes and pattern that give the strength?
A 700 wheel is going to take some precious height off of the bike, should I sacrifice it? esp on a fixed gear? Haven't seen too many 27 inch rims around. ebay has some fixed gear wheelsets in the $150 range, but building a wheel doesn't seem that hard. unless you ask the guys at the lbs.
so there's about 10 questions...anyone able to shed some light? 11