Calling all bike nerds:
I've just been given a shitty old 80's racer, all the bits are rusty/cracked/fucked, but the frame is OK, just the right dimensions... looks a lot like this:
...but the slot for the rear wheel bolt points forward rather than backwards.
I know a bloke who does powdercoating on the cheap so am looking to strip the frame, buy new bits for it and convert it into a nice, simple and light fixed gear city cruising bike.
Looking to spend the bare minimum though as it'll inevitably get nicked at some point... need new wheels, tyres, crankset, chain, front brake assembly (fuck riding about in London traffic with no brakes) and possibly one of those rear hubs with both fixed and freewheel gears on either side so I can revert to a normal single speed if fixed ends up pissing me off.
I don't care about high end custom pastel coloured parts as I have no desire to blend in with the Brick Lane trendy fixie ponces.
How little can I get away with spending on all that shite and still have a nice tight ride at the end? Does the fact that the frame I've got is made for derailleur gears at the back make a difference?
Would be a shame to have to chuck the thing.