I have very recently caught the single speed bug. I noticed we had an od 1970's Nishiki sitting in our garage so I brought it to school and a week later made it a single speed. I put on a 16t freewheel and a new KMC chain, took off the old bars and made some bull horns with a pair of old drop downs that were left for free in the campus bike shop, and got new brake pads. As of today, I stripped the bike down and am working on sanding it to get ready to prep for paint . I am VERY new to all this but I am obsessed with the cleanliness and ridability of a single speed. I plan on getting new wheels/tires, stem, crankset, housing, wrap, and possibly brakes depending on money situation lol. Anywho, thats my story and I would seriously appreciate all the advice, wisdom, and criticism in the world. I really have a knack for learning more about these amazing machines and doing everything myself.
OK, so, I guess I am concerned about the prices and what products I should be looking for for this bike. I am on an extremely tight budget and want to spend as little as possible. I am not concerned about going really fast, looks and functionality as well as price is what im allllll about. With that being said, what brand/price should I be looking for for:
Also, I am in the works of sanding the bike down as we speak. I have started to sand it down by hand using 3M 60 grit sand paper and I was thinking about hitting it with like 150 grit also after. I am taking it down to the bare metal. What else should I do to ensure a good looking, durable finish? I was thinking about getting an auto body shop to mix me some paint and use a spray gun with compressed air I have somewhere at home (I think its a cheapo and on the smaller side). What primers/clear coats (brands, places, etc.) should I go with?
Thanks for everything in advance. I know these are a lot of pretty stupid questions, but I want to get some good advice beforeI dive in head first.