Atriathlete saidI'm increasingly fascinated by fixies. I think I'm going to take the plunge. I would want a flip/flop hub so I can convert back and forth to freewheel. And I'm gonna want a brake.
Anybody have recommendations? Experiences good or bad?
Find an old steel frame with long horizontal dropouts. Many good ones with minimal rust and easy enough to refinish. Get a can of frame saver and rust proof the inside though.
I have an old Trek that I use, and ride it mostly fixed. Although I have another rear wheel that has a freewheel on it.
Chainline is the main issue, and getting it right is more important for Fixed than single speeds.
Your options are also a bit larger if you elect to go with a 1/8" drivetrain and especially chain. You can use a 1/8" chain on a 3/32 drivetrain, but not the other way around, and many of the better quality cogs and freewheels are 1/8" likewise with cranksets, although this is becoming less so.
You will only need a front brake.
Lastly if you are used to riding clipless, then go clipless. Toe straps are more difficult to get used to on a fixed, expecially if you are not used to riding with them.
If you are looking for a ready to ride bike, I can't help you as I have no experience with any.