I'm trying to decide whether or not to convert my vintage Fuji Del Rey 86 to fixed, or to just buy a new fixed gear bike.
The Fuji is in excellent condition, minus some paint scratches here and there. All original parts. The main problem is that despite changing brake pads, the bike just doesn't brake well. I'm guessing there's something up with the rims..
Any case.. If I were to convert to fixed, I'd definitely be changing the wheels. I have a spare ALX220 wheelset but I don't know if I should just buy another wheelset with a flipflop hub. That way I think I could avoid spreading the rear drop outs. I'd also need to buy long reach brakes. I believe that's all. Cost wise, it looks like I'm already half way to a cheap new fixie from some manufacturer. The new fixie will probably be a lot more maintainable..
What do you guys think I should do? I read sheldon brown's site on converting so I know what I'd be in for, but until I actually do it I don't know if there will be any shortcomings I wish I had known about..