Greetings! I was unsure which forum to post this under, this one or the single-speed/fixed gear one. Figured this the most appropriate.
So, to get down to it, we have exhibit A:
I have contacted the seller and plan on meeting him to check it out, and then perhaps purchase it. However, some questions before our appointment happens.
This seems to visually be a good deal to me at $120 (if I had the money for a FCU from BD I would get it for sure, but alas). I asked him some questions via e-mail:
Very interested in this bike. Do have some questions though.
1. Approximate weight? Guessing it is steel, hopefully chromoly.
2. Does the rear wheel have a flip-flop hub? Guessing this is fixed gear, and I would be wanting to have it be single-speed after I get it (unless you would do that for a little extra). I would get front and back brakes afterwards too.
3. Are the decals removable, or say under a clear coat and cannot be gotten to easily?
4. Is it drilled to accept brakes even? Also, does it have the capability (bosses and eyelets) for fenders and a rack later on?
His replies in turn were the following:
Im not sure what your asking?...This is a beach cruiser....with coaster-brake(Back pedal)brakes...it is drilled for hand brakes...as for weight,its lighter than normal cruisers but not a featherweight...The decals can be removed,but they were cleared over at the factory when made...Hope this helps you....
There are eyelets for racks on the back..but not the front....But most newer fenders attach to the axle nuts
So, it sounds like it may be chromoly and not hi-tensile steel. Possibly removable decals. I mean, "Body Glove"? Sounds like a store-window item. Which leads me to worry a bit over its possible quality. Maybe the clean aesthetics are the siren's call here, but I have been getting tired of the rusted heaps that have inundated CraigsList. It also sounds like a future rack and fenders, along with front/rear brakes, will not be an issue either (awesome if so). Granted I cannot tell too well from the pictures if the needed holes/eyelets/bosses are there or not. Can those contacts be added later on without too much hassle?
The big question I suppose is whether this fixed gear with coaster brake can be changed into a single-speed with handbrakes, without sacrificing the back wheel. He seems not to know if it has the "flip-flop hub" and I myself do not know what to look for necessarily. I very much want the simplicity of a single-speed, but definitely do not want to be peddling all the time and have to go backwards to brake.
Look forward to your input!