I am riding an older Reynolds 501 lugged Trek frame that has been repainted by me in a green and black checkerboard fade currently as a single speed. The rear drops, not extended horizontal but workable, are 126mm currently housing a 130mm freewheel with a simple conversion. Finally got it adjusted to run without a tensioner.
Anyway, I'm looking to convert this machine into something truly sexy, a fixie. I would prefer to build up the rear wheel for experience sake ans will get around to building a matching front later. I am a college student so a bit tight on fun money. I was hoping this group of experts would have recommendations for a reliable rear hub, probably 36 spoke, matte black, flip-flop if possible, bla bla bla, that won't break my budget. I've seen the AllCity stuff and was mostly wondering if there are any major alternatives/ advantages/disadvantages to them?
I ride most of the year, converting to a mountain bike when the roads get too nasty for my 23's. Most of my road riding is in town, not quite San Fran but Golden, CO has it's hills, especially headed west.
Recommendation and advisement will be most appreciated.