Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Sci-Fi Wasabi
Bikes: I built the Bianchi track bike back up today.
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Man, I need to start a snippet panel in dreamweaver to hold stuff I say over and over here -
Don't buy a flip-flop, get a fix-fix hub. You can still run freewheels on both sides if you want to, but have the option of fixing both sides if you want to. I think the Surly hub is a good entry level one, and that's not just because they supplied the beer on Saturday's ride. You'll probably want to change out the bearings to something a little better (stock ones seem to go bad fairly often) but other than that it's a good solid hub.
As far as rims, I dunno. Velocity's proven themselves to be a pretty stand up company on this board, but I've never ridden them, so I can't say. Whatever looks pretty on your bike?
And tires? I'm not even going to open that can of worms. There are so many that it's pointless. Depends on the roads you ride, the clearance on the bike you're building, and your own personal preferance. I've ran everything from cyclocross tires to folding racing tires that matched my paint, depending on the conditions or bike...
Hope that helps some.