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Old 02-06-11, 02:49 PM   #1
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Deciding on my next bike / return to cycling

Its been a while since I posted here.

I used to ride a trek pilot w/tiagra parts until I started training for running so I could go to Navy OCS. Just after comissioning I took my pilot back out for a little ride and got into a brief dispute with gravity and my previously damaged chainring at the same time at 25 mph. Needless to say the pilot will fly no more without serious repairs. Also I was beginning to dislike the frame. I couldn't comfortably get into an agressive position.

So here's where I'm at and what I want:
I'll be riding mostly on base on mostly flat-ish ground, so carbon/ultegra level road bikes aren't really going to be of use to me.

I like the idea of single speed/fixed gear but more for the fitness/simplicity of maintenance aspect

I really can't stand riding on flat bars for prolonged periods of time.

I'm thinking something with a road frame and either ss/fg or an internal geared hub. have these come into their own yet? Any suggestions on complete bikes I can pick up?

Next leg of my training won't give me much time to assemble something and after that the bike will spend 50%+ of the year in the garage due to deployment schedules.
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Old 02-06-11, 02:59 PM   #2
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Here's one to consider (it's on my "want" list): http://www.masibikes.com/steel/speciale-commuter/.

Comes as a SS, but can be flipped to FG, and can also take internal or external gearing.
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Old 02-06-11, 04:34 PM   #3
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Its been a while since I posted here.

I used to ride a trek pilot w/tiagra parts until I started training for running so I could go to Navy OCS. Just after comissioning I took my pilot back out for a little ride and got into a brief dispute with gravity and my previously damaged chainring at the same time at 25 mph. Needless to say the pilot will fly no more without serious repairs. Also I was beginning to dislike the frame. I couldn't comfortably get into an agressive position.

So here's where I'm at and what I want:
I'll be riding mostly on base on mostly flat-ish ground, so carbon/ultegra level road bikes aren't really going to be of use to me.

I like the idea of single speed/fixed gear but more for the fitness/simplicity of maintenance aspect

I really can't stand riding on flat bars for prolonged periods of time.

I'm thinking something with a road frame and either ss/fg or an internal geared hub. have these come into their own yet? Any suggestions on complete bikes I can pick up?

Next leg of my training won't give me much time to assemble something and after that the bike will spend 50%+ of the year in the garage due to deployment schedules.

It sounds to me like you just want to ride again but not in a balls to the wall manner. That said, why not consider a classic in the Old Friendly Cruiser with a 3 speed hub?

These bikes are comfortable, cheap to buy, need little care, and are a bomb to ride being very adaptable to your style.

Give it some thought........
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Old 02-06-11, 04:45 PM   #4
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I am not sure butterbar can afford a $500 Masi. if your deadset on the SS.FG option bikes direct also makes some nice ones. http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._al_carb_x.htm

as for internal hubs they make some very nice 3,7,8,11 and plus speed ones but sometimes the off the shelf bikes are a bit clunky.

just where is chucktown? are there hills there?
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Chucktown = charleston, sc. Don't really have hills here, but I'll be moving by the end of 2011 to my first actual ship, probably either southern Georgia or the Seattle area...I'm thinking Ga's about the same and have no idea what the terrain around Seattle is like.

$500's about the top of the budget right now, otherwise I think the Dynamic Synergy would be exactly what I'm looking for. Going to do some searching on if anyone here has reviewed the Kilo WT5 from bikesdirect.
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Chucktown = charleston, sc. Don't really have hills here, but I'll be moving by the end of 2011 to my first actual ship, probably either southern Georgia or the Seattle area...I'm thinking Ga's about the same and have no idea what the terrain around Seattle is like.

$500's about the top of the budget right now, otherwise I think the Dynamic Synergy would be exactly what I'm looking for. Going to do some searching on if anyone here has reviewed the Kilo WT5 from bikesdirect.
I think that I saw some thread activity about the WT5 in the SS/FG forum.
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I think that I saw some thread activity about the WT5 in the SS/FG forum.
I was going to suggest that forum too. I never heard many complaints about te KiloTT and I love my Motobecane Fantom Uno so I don't see where you can wrong with the Kilo WT5. Sturmey Archer never fails.

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I was thinking of the WT5, or the Kilo SX3, which has a 3-speed fixed hub.

Another option is a folding bike with and internally geared hub. But maybe a decent one is out of you price range?

But if you might be ending up around Seattle, you probably want some gears. It's hilly there.
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