I test rode a fixed about a month ago and not much else other than food and my girlfriend has been on my mind (granted I am on break from school but seriously, the IDEA of riding fixed has consumed me). I'd like to try and build up as much of this first fixie as I can. at the moment I have no real materials on my hands but am looking... carefully looking because I'm trying to budget this thing under $300 (yeah right) and have it quality to last me quite the while.
At the moment I am looking at a vintage trek 500 with reynolds 501 tubing-- it is the full bike but I figure taking it apart will only help my bike knowledge. at worst I have an aluminum miyata bike with horizontal dropouts... although I was hoping I could have that one on reserve and start myself a stable...
I'm mainly craigslisting for parts and came across the stock wheels off of a pista?
700x18C (622x14) Pista Wheelset Fixed/Free Flipflop - $175
This Alex R-450 double-walled rims with high flange hub wheelset is brand spanking new and comes with both cog and lockring. Brass nipples; stainless steel spokes.
at the moment that seems really tempting since everything has already been built up and the price will not kill me. I browsed the forums and the Alex 450's sound decent to start... a little heavy but I'm not aiming to kill pounds (I have an old 10 speed schwinn world sprint on the east coast and that thing is a tank).
Uh... also one last thing. If anyone knows of a shop near San Jose, CA that could help me take apart and assemble the fixie without charging me insane amounts... that would be nice. I know SF is an hour drive away... but one-- I'm trying to reduce how many times I drive to the city. More than anything I just want someone to watch over my shoulder and advise me how to put the fixie together properly.
Sorry this post is so newbish and has so many caveats. I'm loved the experience of riding fixed but am working on a pretty tight budget and time table (I leave for the east coast on the 12th of January...)
I have no idea why I am trying to build a bike that I can only ride on breaks, but I'm seriously seriously hooked. I spend too many hours of my day lookin at fixed gear gallery, fixed gear forums, and craigslist.