Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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My thinking is build one up if you know what you're doing, and buy one if you don't- can save yourself a lot of headache trying to figure out if Peg A goes in Slot B or what.
One other thing to consider is that most of the fixed-gear people run fairly high gearing on their bikes- around 70 gear-inches or higher. I'm riding a cruiser right now with 52 gear-inches, and that works surprisingly well for certain applications (I've got a coaster brake, which helps with that, too). Try to check around in your area, and see what other people are using. But if the hills kill you, you can gear back quite a bit and still have a rideable bicycle.
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