I deliver food in downtown Dallas, tx. I started my job with a steel-frame Raliegh from the late 80's. Still serves me very, very well. Fabolous bike, proves that quality means quality.
Anyways, the 700 x 23 tires on my road bike just don't withstand the rough roads in downtown Dallas. I tried a mountain bike, 26 inch tires, which served me pretty well, but it was stolen. It was also just a little too heavy-duty to be practical for freaky-fast delivery.
I went back to the Raleigh.
Next I purchased a higher-end, Fuji mountain bike. Proved once again to be too heavy-duty for my job, which requires me to be as fast as possible.
Sold the mountain bike, bought a single-speed Scattante bike. It was pretty awesome... but still seemed to fragile for the daily beating of the streets and curbs. And also, it was stolen (somebody cut the cable-lock I had on there...)
So to summarize... I am looking for a nice, hybrid, single-speed bike (I never really shift gears, dallas is pretty flat).
I want to build one, for the experience. I have decided I need to start with a mountain-bike frame, as cheap as possible (I hope someone out there is still reading this rant). However, I find it difficult to find a mountain-bike frame (do hybrid-frames exist?) that is ready to be a single-speed (all the drop-outs are vertical... a.k.a. I will have to install a chain tensioner cause I can't manually provide the tension that horizantal drop-outs provide).
I am a little drunk, and I hope all that made sense. I am looking for a mountain-bike frame, with appropriate drop-outs (non-vertical) that provide me the opportunity to build my own single-speed bike with around 700 x 35 wheels (somewhere between mountain bike and road bike) that will allow me to be fast, handle rough terrain, and only have one gear, as I am a simple guy, rarely shift gears, and dallas is flat. Thanks for your time.