Help with fixed in Japan (Tokyo)
So here is my situation:
I've wanted a fixed gear for about 3 years and was about to try and build one in Austin at Yellow Bike Project (volunteer and then convert an old frame), but I took off to go teach English abroad, first in Korea for a year which is very UNfriendly to cyclist. But now I'm in Japan and I have the fever again.
I've read through the forums and have checked out some of the websites. My Japanese is only introductory level and I haven't had the chance to let my GF help me through the pages but will this week. Here is some of what I am considering but I'm posting up because cost is the most important thing and I would love to locate a used bike domestically that fits me.
1) I'm thinking of buying a brand new IRO Mark V and just having it shipped over, this would run me upwards of 700 probably (depending on options and shipping). Problem: it will take me a few months to save up the money (I'm a poor teacher in a rich city) and then I'll be in the dead of winter which would be a bit of a bummer.
2) Find a NEW or Used bike here IF it fits! But, I'm 6 ft tall (183cm) and have been told I need a 62 frame but I haven't been properly measured. Does that sound about right to all you experts? I don't want to be jumping up to reach the seat each time. PROBLEM: As all the gaijin know, bigger bikes are hard to find here... I'd be fine with a track bike if I can get a front brake on it but I know a lot of track bikes don't support brakes, would replacing the fork be a fix here?
3) BEST OPTION: Find a tallish someone with a used bike here who wants to sell! Condition isn't a big deal. It's my first fixed and I'm willing to put some effort into getting it up to polish on my own. I'd rather do this first to make sure it is truly what I want.
Anyone willing to help this recent transplant would be much loved. Be gentle as I'm a bit new to all this and have a lot to learn.