I just picked up a mint Panasonic DX2000 on CL for $73 as a first road bike. After finding Sheldon Brown's site I decided I wanted to try riding a fixie. A local shop let me ride a Masi with a front brake and a flip-flop hub with the fixed gear selected. It was a blast, so I have decided I would like to make the conversion. On top of that, I have always tooled on cars for projects, and due to the way gas is going, I figured a bike project would be a lot of fun.
As you might know this bicycle comes with 27" wheels, so I am thinking of converting to a 700c wheelset. That $140 set from bicyclewheels.com (link) is what I have my eyes on. I measured the adjustment left in my brake pad location, and I have at least 4mm in the downward direction to compensate for the difference. As far as pedals go, I'm thinking of stealing the pedals with toe-clips from my MTB (K2 ZED SE) as well as stealing the seat.
I've also posted a CL ad searching for a 700c fixed wheelset. I had heard of people finding cheap stock wheelsets for fixies that have had the wheels changed, so we'll see how my luck goes.
I'm sure this is the 23048029384th thread like this, but I figured I'd start a log of my project.
What do you guys think of the frame choice?
I was thinking of brazing my freewheel in the meantime; I was wondering what you all thought of this. If I went that route I would definitely keep the rear brake (and of course the front).
Threads are worthless without pics, so here you go!