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    I found a road bike.
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    I want a bike that I can make my own.

    My friend has a BMX bike and it is all customized, with no brakes, and very light parts.

    I want a bike that I can customize, build up, like buy better parts and put them on.

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    What kind of bike do you want? How much do you want to make it your own?

    If you want to go all out, I would check out the frame builders forum or the Alt-bikes forum. Forget make it your own; they will show you how to make it yourself!

    If you're not ready to jump into that pool, I recommend going to a local bike co-op if you have one and learning how to be your own mechanic. Some shops will offer classes too.

    After that a get yourself a basic toolkit like this one: http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ils&ProdID=556 and a tube of grease and have fun!!!

    Of course most important is to post lots of pics to bike forums every step of the way.

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    I found a road bike.
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    I think I would like to build up a fixie frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    I think I would like to build up a fixie frame.
    Fun! I've done several. The bit about the co-op and tools still applies.

    Here's some great inspiration!!!

    http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/cont...cer/index2.htm
    (look for my entry at number 3)

    http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/cont...s/results.html

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    I found a road bike.
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    Cool! Do you think it would be better to just get a Pista and get better parts as time goes on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    Cool! Do you think it would be better to just get a Pista and get better parts as time goes on?
    Personally, I don't. Lots of other people will think it's a great idea.

    Two reasons: First, unless you will be riding at the track, I think a road bike is more comfortable and more practical than a track bike. Second, pistas are a dime a dozen. If you want something to "make your own" it's nice to start with something a little more unique. On the other hand, chrome is sexy.

    If you want a new bike, check out the Redline 925 (http://www.redlinebicycles.com/adultbikes/925.html). I think it's a great looking bike, reasonably priced, and not every hipster ******bag™ will be riding one. Stop into the fixed/single speed forum for lots of ideas, opinions, and options, most of which will be different than this one.

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    I found a road bike.
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    Thank you!

    I personally have seen 2 people riding track bikes/Fixes in my city.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765 View Post
    My friend has a BMX bike and it is all customized, with no brakes, and very light parts.

    I want a bike that I can customize, build up, like buy better parts and put them on.

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    Hhmmmmm..... No brakes?! I hope he's not doing any serious jumps with the thing.

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