So, while building my new fixie, all has been going well as far as finding parts, until I got to the wheelset...
It seems that a fairly cheapo wheelset with a track hub is about $300. Ouch. Building it myself is also out of the question, because the hub + spokes + rim = about $150, and if i take it to the lbs to get it trued, they want $25-$40 too.
There is a LBS that specializes in fixed/track stuff, and the guy there is known for building extremely high quality wheels; their cheapest handbuilt set is $280 on Velocity Aero rims, and I don't know the brand of the hub, but the girl there mentioned that it comes with its own lockring, because it will not fit other lockrings (like a Dura Ace one). The rims on this set turn me off because the sidewalls are painted black, and it looks like after a while the brakes will destroy the paint. Also, they have no eyelets...
I am looking for any advice regarding wheels/places to buy wheels/handbuilt vs machine built and whether you have any opinions regarding the Velocity rim. Should I buy a quality rear wheel and use any old front one?