Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Thoughts on a Fixed-gear for Sale
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I am considering buying a Fuji "Sagres" fully lugged VALite 414 butted chrome-moly tubing with stamped dropouts. The crankset is a touring Sugino Signature with the middle steel ring moved to the outside position. The wheels (apparently new) are Araya TX-350 with Shimano HBMC12 8/9 speed hubs and new Kenda Courier 700x35 tires. The brakes are non-quick release DiaCompe sidepulls with MTB levers. Here is the picture:
I plan on reselling the frame (which doesn't fit) and putting the components on my '72 Schwinn Continental frame. Could somebody tell me how this wheelset and crankset are? I wasn't able to get any information online. Thanks,
I should also note that the asking price is $225. Thanks again,
08-02-07, 04:00 PM
My suggestion: Don't buy someone else's project Frankenbike in hopes of converting it to a new project Frankenbike. Especially if A) there's nothing desirable about the donor bike to start with and B) the first thing you are going to change is the frame and fork which is the heart of the bike. The heart of the bike with which, generally speaking, every other component should be based upon.
08-02-07, 04:05 PM
So, that was what I thought you shouldn't do (since you asked). I forgot to add what I think you should do.
- Hold off on this one.
- Save up a bit more scratch
- Keep your eyes pealed on Craigslist for bikes. (Search for "fixed", also search for "track")
- Post an ad on craigslist stating what you want. You'd be amazed at the responses. Something like: "55cm track or fixed conversion, in at least good condition, no junk, I'll pay up to $300 (or whatever your budget is)...but only if it's worth it. I can pay cash today." That last sentence really gets 'em going. Especially when it's the end of the month and rent is due.
08-02-07, 04:06 PM
Don't buy that
08-02-07, 04:11 PM
(Man, I should really gather my thoughts better instead of posting so much)
Also, don't buy a bike that doesn't fit in HOPES of selling the frame and getting another and all that jazz. There's nothing like owning a bike that you paid $225 for that doesn't fit and that you can't sell. You will just ask, "Why the heck did I do that?" as you look at it in your house every day.
I can't see anyone wanting to buy that 35 year old frame as the basis of a project bike.
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