I've been riding an old Univega steel frame road bike for a few years now and decided a month or so ago it was time to lighten the load, simplify, and enjoy riding again.
So I (obviously) decided to convert to a SS setup.
I was at the time completely oblivious to just about every bit of knowledge I would need to do this.
I'm doing my best to saturate myself with the needed information but there are a few things I'm not wrapping my head around well quite yet.
I'm basically just building the single speed freewheel around the frame, saving just the seatpost and handlebars for now. As I think the brakes are the only things that would maybe translate and I don't think they're worth salvaging.
From what I've been able to figure out with calipers and too much time on the internet, these are the specs of the frame I'm working with..
Front spacing: 98mm (100?)
Rear spacing: 125mm (126?)
Shell width: 68mm w/english threading
Dropouts: Horizontal (forward facing, slightly downward.)
I was planning on having a flip flop hub so I could ride fixed until I could afford brakes, but got a hold of a little bit more money so I'm planning on putting a 17t ACS freewheel on the back and 48t Sugino RD setup on the front and a Sugino 68x103 bottom bracket.
I don't know how to ensure that the diameter of the shell on the frame is correct to accommodate that BB.
I'm having troubles figuring out the chainline, with that crank/wheel I should be at a 45mm chainline but doesn't the rear hub factor into that as well?
And from that, I'm not really sure what I'm looking for in the wheelsets beyond that I don't want tubular.
What's 700c vs 27"?
Also, I want just a front brake on the finished bike, and have no idea what I'm looking for there in any sense. I don't want to spend too much on it but I have no idea whats out there or even what specs I don't know anything about.
I hope I'm not forgetting anything.