Sorry if I mess up any terminology or anything. I am new to cycling in a serious manner. I was a runner and swimmer all through high school. I picked up cycling to get from my apartment to campus, and so that I could compete in triathlons.
I am trying to convert my old mountain bike into a fixed gear bike. I am stuck right now on what to do about the wheel set. My bike is spaced 135 mm. Are there wheel sets out there that have the flip flop, fixed/free hubs already in any size that would either A be mountain bike tires (preferable) or B be road tires that would fit my frame? I would build it myself, but I don't have the right equipment to run all the spindles, and am not looking to make that purchase right now. The options I see are:
-Buying a set of 700c tires (would work because I am taking off brakes) and putting in an axle converter to allow it to fit the 135 frame. The problem I have with this though is that I don't know if the chain would line up properly.
-Bending in the frame of my bike to a smaller width so that the 120mm could fit the span. Yet again, I don't know if this would work because I don't know if it would throw off the alignment of the chain.
-Rather than building it myself, take it to the local bike shop and have them build it for me. The problem there, they would most likely charge an arm and a leg to build it.
-Final option is if someone has found a 135mm 26in or 700c wheel set that would fit in a 135mm frame so that I could just buy them like that and put the straight on with no worries.
Oh, and I would just use my current wheels modifying just the cassette and crank, but my back tire rim is bending and I am ready to just pitch the set and pick up a new one to have a fresh start.
Thanks for your help, I am looking forward to your answers!