So, I can't sleep so I figured I'd get the ball rolling now on my next project. Here's the deal: I currently have 2 old road bikes in my possession and I would like to turn at least one into a homebrew single speed (possibly with a flip flop hub to go fixie on occasion). I want to save money and I like to work on my bikes myself so I'm pretty dedicated to building over buying.
The first bike I have is an old Raleigh road bike (will check the model) that I had my girlfriend drag back from NH when she found it on the side of the road for free. The thing has to be from the mid 60s at the newest and has no useable components plus bad rust on the top tube. I will take a pic and post it ASAP.
The second bike I picked up just the other day for $35 from a random old guy who lives near my girlfriend. It's a nice drab brown Juventus road bike. It's actually rideable now but would need serious adjustment if not totally new shifters, etc. to be worth using. I am interested in the look and benefit of a single speed, however so being that this one has only very minor rust it is my first choice to use now. My plan is to get it in single speed condition ASAP and then over the winter possibly strip it down/upgrade it/paint it/have it painted. Again, I will post a picture ASAP.
BTW, the Juventus seems to be from circa 1970 and I've never heard of the company before - not sure how negative that might be...
For now, what should my course of action be assuming I want to make it a single speed? I don't want to tear it down then find out that it is for some reason impossible or useless to convert.