I had a post a few weeks back about looking for an aluminum bike, and I just couldn't find anything that I was very satisfied with. Test rode a Langster and it left something to be desired. Now I think I am just going to convert my backup road bike [1998 Schwinn Peloton] to fixed and sell off the components. The bike isn't exactly a classic, with its ugly welds and metallic paint, but it is lightweight [853 steel], it fits, and I already own it.
The problems: right now it has a road triple crankset and vertical dropouts.
Since I already have it, I can save spend some more money on the components. I am considering a new crankset and perhaps a White Industries Eno Eccentric rear wheel. Is there anything I need to worry about considering this as a rear hub? Does it stand up to skidding and mashing well?
Do I need to do any work to convert to a setup that uses outboard bearings like those I would use on some Truvativ Omnium cranks?
My other ride right now is an IRO Angus, and I never had to worry about chainline. What do I need to consider when making sure I get the chainline right on this conversion?
Right now, the front wheel on the bike seems to be fine as it is now [quick release, ultegra hub]. Is there any reason to use a more "track specific front wheel"?
I think this bike would be lightweight, fast, fun, and cost about $400 from now to get it where I want it. Does anyone have anything else to add or advise?