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Old 11-03-11, 10:41 PM   #1
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which one for commuting 2-5mi to work?

hello i got tired of paying for my gas and decide to ride a bike. I can't decide which one I'm going to get can you guys help me? i need to bike 2-5mi to work or errands.

Im leaning towards the pista white then i saw the condotti and then i saw the langster and now I'm confused.

2012 bianchi pista white
http://store.citygrounds.com/store/p...i-Pista-White/

or

2012 bianchi pista via condotti celeste
http://store.citygrounds.com/store/p...dotti-Celeste/

or

2012 Langster Single Speed Bike
http://store.citygrounds.com/store/p...e-Black-White/

or if you have any suggestion my max price is $800

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Old 11-03-11, 11:05 PM   #2
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I'd take the Bianchi Pista White and Run! It looks ten times better than the Celeste and it's chromoly steel!

No comment on the Langster........

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Old 11-03-11, 11:49 PM   #3
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Thank you for your reply SlimRider

No, i haven't seen that but i heard a lot of good stuff about the Bianchi brand and I'm going for the Bianchi Pista White.

i just bought a State Bicycle Frame for $121.00 Reg $211 Found a thread on $100 Frame & fork $21 + Stem I Love this Forum!.

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Old 11-04-11, 07:36 AM   #4
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A street fixed-gear really needs brakes, preferably front and rear. The Condotti has these and looks the coolest.
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Sounds like you've already decided.

I sold my Pista last year; it's not for a big person. and not so fun for a commute.

Results vary. Enjoy.
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A street fixed-gear really needs brakes, preferably front and rear. The Condotti has these and looks the coolest.
But, but, it doesn't look as cool
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This is like picking out three pairs of $50 shoes from Payless Shoes and asking a friend which pair is "better" than the others--they're all essentially the same, made in the factories, the only difference being a few ounces and aethetics. Two are made with steel, one is made with aluminum. Some people swear up and down there's a huge difference, but I fail to see it.

Pick the one that you think looks the coolest and run with it because for all intents and purposes, all three bikes are the same and none of them are very well suited for commuting in any traditional sense of the word.
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I'd suggest considering a SS cyclocross bike. Far more versatile, much more comfortable, and every bit as cool as a track bike.
As popular as track bikes have become for urban riding, they really don't do so hot in real world conditions (potholes, rain, pavement imperfections, etc).

That's just me, though.
Of the 3 posted, the Pista is the one I'd go with (add at least a front brake - riding a fixie with no brakes in an urban setting is just stupid IMO).
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Have you ever ridden fixed gear before? Are there many hills where you live? Those bikes are a lot of money for having basically no components on them. If you've never ridden fixed, you may not enjoy it as much as you think you will. Some things to consider.
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If you're trying to save money, why are you pricing new bikes?

Also, +1 on trying a fixie before ordering one.
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I'll also jump on the "try fixed gear before you buy it" bandwagon. It is wayyyyy different. I used to train with a FG 25-30 years ago, but I can't stand riding one now.
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thank you guys for your feedback!

i bought the bianchi pista white why? for me it looks damn sexy! and i love white i believe this bike has flipflop hubs so i just use the single speed but use fixed occasionally.

the bike is expensive yes bianchi is an expensive brand I'm not surprised about the price.

im not joining the fixie bandwagon its just when i googled city/urban bikes it showed up single / fixed gear bikes. I'm more on a single speed guy.

road bikes? i don't really like the shifting part.

the area where i live at is in las vegas not that much hill part other than the freeway overpass. good for single / fixed

Cruisers? i think they are heavy to lift in the bus/train & it looks big I'm more on thin slim sexy kind of bike.

thank you all for your feedback! i learned a lot today.
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That Pista Candotti is pure sex. I love it.

And I'll follow the good-sounding advice about trying a fixie before buying one.

For such a short commute, is there a reason you chose a SS/FG? Unless your route is flatter than a late bloomer's chest I'd suggest gears. To each their own but I can't imagine riding a single-speed for anything but pure strength training or in a velodrome.
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I ride my single speed ( not fix gear ) about 4kms a day to school and no problems there. On my route it's not full flat, well there are two routes, the longer but flat way or the short and a hill you have to climb and get over it. Hills aren't a big deal for single speeders as long as you have strong legs but before I got into single speeding I use to ride a gear and trust me those things make everything heaps easier and allows you to get from A-B faster.

Single speed / fix gears require less maintenance compared to conventional gear bikes. Gears are good on "extreme" uphill and topping speed on small downhills and flatground. Single speeds don't loose much on the downhills but fix gears do. End of the day it comes down to how big your legs are. I'm going to attempt riding 40 kms with a 5km ascend on a single speed one of these days. These are the times which I wish I rode a geared bike.
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