Hey all, new guy here. I've been lurking for about two months reading everything I can find, and am reaching the point of "analysis paralysis."
I built up my first fixed gear about a month ago. It is a bit of a beater build based on a 1975 Schwinn Continental and a strange combination of whatever parts I came across.
As you can see, the wheels are mis-matched, 27in rear with wally world 700c front (both came free with the CL frame set ). I've experimentally determined that the hub and cog setup is unsafe (no one was injured if you were curious). I was looking at the wheel sets on Velomine (as they seem to come well recommended). That is where I've been stuck since putting the bike together.
The bike is mostly used for putting around campus and the city, it's never seen a ride more than about 5 miles. Strength is a bit of a concern, as I weigh 185lbs, but I am not big on the fixie freestyle thing. I'd like to keep the wheels reasonably light, but am not seriously concerned with weight.
The "keep it classic" side of me says go with the 27in Sun M13 set. Tire selection seems okay, I don't have a problem with something basic like Vittoria's or Panaracer's (or perhaps spring for Conti's). Is there a good reason to switch to 700c or pick a different wheel set? I would really like a fixed/fixed hub, unless there are some tricks I'm missing for using the freewheel side of a flip-flop safely (other than blue loctite, rota-fix, and English BB lock rings).
Also, you guys seem good at picking out random setup details about these bikes. Is there anything simple to improve in this case, keeping in mind the bike's purpose? I'm thinking the fork has been tweaked, though the down tube shows no signs of distress. My plan for the frame was to strip it properly and coat it in Eastwood Diamond Clear, since I have a thing for nice looking frame joints (I'm a mechanical engineering student ). Noticing the original Schwinn Kool Lemon under the head badge has sort of complicated that decision...
I think that's it at the moment, though it seems like I had more questions... Any thoughts would be much appreciated!