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01-21-09, 12:45 AM
I'm looking to buy a fixed gear bike for college because I don't think my old 10-speed can handle being left outdoors for months at a time, and I just can't bring myself to use the frame for a conversion. Based on the extremely limited amount of money I'm able to spend, I plan on buying from BikesDirect, most likely the Windsor Clockwork. I noticed that they say on the site that their bikes come 90% assembled. Does anybody have specific information on what assembly I'd need to do myself?
01-21-09, 12:56 AM
stem, handlebars, front wheel, seatpost, pedals. thats what i had to do on my kilo
01-21-09, 01:20 AM
You're going to need a 15mm wrench for the pedals and to tighten the axle nuts of the wheels. Buy yourself a allen key set so you can tighten the stem, seatpost, brakes and many other things you might need to adjust. And when I recieved my Kilo TT, the headset was preatty loose to the point where the bike was unsafe to ride, so that should be tightened as well. If you're still in doubt , have your LBS check everything out.
01-21-09, 01:27 AM
Sounds good, I plan on putting either a 17t or 18t fixed cog on the other side of the hub so I guess I'll have to do a little disassembling. I was planning on getting the cog from my LBS so I'll have them look over the bike then. Does the bike come with the brakes on it? I really only want to run the front brake but I don't know how much disassembling I trust myself to do.
01-21-09, 03:59 AM
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01-21-09, 08:03 AM
you should think about getting a fixie instead.
but if your not prepared to do a little maintenance, then just get some rollerblades.
01-21-09, 10:17 AM
Looks like the ClockWork does come with front and rear brakes with aero levers, so to remove the rear brake and the cables you'll have to un-wrap the bars and re-wrap them, I would keep the lever or at least the hood on so you'll have that extra hand position.
Or you could get a Kilo TT and just throw a front cross lever on it and not have to worry about bar tape but that will end up being more expensive($350 + brake for TT vs. $320 Clockwork with brakes)
01-21-09, 11:25 AM
Yeah, my other option was going to be getting The Hour, but from what I understand it ships with a 15t cog instead of the 16t cog they say it comes with, so I'd be buying another fixed cog anyway. I planned on using the brakes just for learning how to ride fixed, and I figure the extra $20 is worth front and rear brakes.
Plus I like the orange color on the Clockwork :)
01-21-09, 11:59 AM
Brakes are your friends. The extra hand position of riding on the hoods is very nice, too.
SheldonBrown.com has a lot of DIY info. Also Parktool.com has tutorials on how to use their stuff.
A pedal wrench, allen wrenches, lockring tool, lube grease like Phil Woods, chainwhip and an air pump and tire levers are what you need to get started.
01-21-09, 12:07 PM
Got a Moto IF from them last season. Very impressed with the way it was shipped, the minor adjustments needed to get it up and going and the desire from BD to make sure everything was correct and I was happy with the bike.
Picked up a complete* Moto IF frame and fork last december, and while I wasn't the original purchaser of same, BD went out of their way to supply me with a new fork (free of charge) after a defect was discovered in the original
btw.* As a single speed with the E3 seat,FSA Post,stem and Noah curve bars, Ritchey wheels (I went with the jockey derailleur and the shims thru Performance Bike as I wanted the lightweight wheelset) Record brakes and and old school aero levers, and kenda tires, the bike weighs in a tad over 15lbs. (now IF it will stop snowing and blowing and get above -2 wind chill)
01-21-09, 03:44 PM
You know, if you're still thinking about the clockwork, I would suggest you save up about 40 more dollars to get the Dawes SST aluminum. It comes with a much better wheelset out of the box and two brakes, and a fixed cog along with the freewheel. There are no color options, but brushed silver isn't bad IMO. Just throwing that out there.
01-21-09, 09:48 PM
I have the dawes sst, and I'm stoked on it. I went fixed immediately with a 17t soma cog ($25) and you'll need a lock ring ($7), but unless you have a chain whip and a ring tightener, you'll need to go to a shop. They'll do it for about $5 labor and it take about 2 min for them. I also got a new seatpost, new pedals (the pedals are terrible) and clips/straps. Yesterday I put on some weinmann dp 18's with some nice tires (sold the stock alex r500 wheelsets for $100 to a buddy) and they are sick! I ride a lot, I enter alley cats, and the bike's been great. FYI the geometry and material is exactly like the SE Lager and Scattante Windy City (which both go for more $). Enjoy and be safe.
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