Join Date: May 2008
Location: Davis/Lafayette, CA
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why convert it?
anyways, you can pick up a new rear wheel for maybe 75 bucks on craigslist, but you'll have a rear wheel smaller than the front, though it might be slight enough to not be obvious.
if you don't mind a slightly more skilled project, you can relace the rear wheel to a fixed hub. expect about 30 for the hub and about 30 for spokes and nipples.
the bike shop was likely pricing you a new wheelset, tubes, tires, and a singlespeed crankset that will give a better chainline, and probably a new bottom bracket. i could see all that plus labor adding up to 250...
EDIT: this is if you wanna run fixed. if you wanna just throw a bmx freewheel on, it'll just cost the price of the bmx freewheel and your time redishing and respacing the wheel.