I hope this thread isn't repetitive . . .
I searched on fixed conversion and
didn't see anything up front. . .
I'm kicking around a conversion idea--
well--converting vs buying an off-the-shelf
fixed bike. I ride after work every day to stay in
shape and I like to go all out for about an hour
which is all I can spare--across town, down a
few country roads, back to my house. I've tried
a few off-the shelf bikes and was non-plussed
with most except maybe the KHS Flite 100--
which has a very nice lugged fork and ok tubing
(Reynolds 520--just basic cold-drawn cro-mo)--
but it felt like the real experience--very snappy
with a steep head tube angle and a reasonably
stiff frame. The rest of the components are ok--no
name Deep-V rims laced to no-name hubs but with 36 spokes
(good for street) a low-end Sugino track crank--etc. etc.
I have an old lugged steel Miyata 912 that I really like--very
stiff frame and it feels fast with the highest
gear being something like 52:14. . .good tubing
as the derailleur never rubs when you stand on
the pedal hard--I like it the way it is but I am
just lazy enough that I don't like tinkering with
the derailleur, limit settings, etc. etc. to keep
it running smooth--when I get home I want to
ride the bike not work on it. How happy are folks
with their conversions . . . keeping in mind that
a decent conversion might be better than half the
cost of the KHS ($530). . .with a new hub,
new crank with shorter arm, kog, chain, etc.?
Some people think the Miyata is a classic so I
kind of don't want to mess with it but then
I can always go back . . .