Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Bikes: Rocky Mountain RC30, Soma Sport Fixed
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Congrats on getting in on the Fixie Scene!
I did a conversion myself, and It's not that bad. It all depends on how far you want to go with it. If you find a decent frame with a good paint job for a decent price, than the conversion can be a fun project.
I found an old 70's soma frame that had no rust on th frame itself (the bottle cages, some of the little bits of the bike had rust), and the paint job was in great condition, so basically I got a nice frame/fork for 50 bucks at a garage sale.
Plus the Handlebars/quillstem/cranks were alle in great shape, so it was pretty easy to convert. About the only thing I need to get still is a decent headset, and maybe a new BB. Those are still the originals, and while they work just fine (on of the reasons I havent done it yet), they could definitely be upgraded. Since I am a casual rider, I don't mind the older HS/BB, but yea, the conversion itself was easy.
That said, my girlfriends dad has a bike obsession and has pretty much all the tools I'd need to work on a bike: Crank Pullers, Freewheel removal tools, Chain whips, spanner wrenches, etc etc, so I didn't have to worry about tools.
All THAT said, It's a lot easier to work with bikes designed for Fixed/SS. But I like my conversion. The lugged frame is pretty to look at, and if it wasn't for the 200 (on sale from the normal 269!) dollar wheelset, I'd have probably spent 100 bucks total on the bike,