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Old 05-10-11, 02:39 PM   #1
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Worth it? Surly Steamroller 2007 (last time, I swear!)

Hello kind denizens of BikeForums.net,

Yet again, I'm faced with a purchasing question (can you tell I'm looking at getting into cycling? ).

It's a stock 59cm Surly Steamroller, 2007 (specs listed below)


TIG-welded
4130 chromoly
Fork Material: 4130 chromoly, unicrown crown

Component Group Track Mix
Brakeset: Tektro R356 brakes, Tektro RL-570 levers
Crankset: Sugino RD, 48 teeth
Bottom Bracket: Sugino, 108mm spindle
BB Shell Width: 68mm English
Rear Cogs: 1-speed, 17 teeth
Chain SRAM PC-48, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost: Kalloy SP-248D
Saddle: Velo Endzone
Handlebar: Zoom
Handlebar Stem: Kalloy
Headset: 1 1/8" threadless Ritchey Logic Comp

Hubs Front: Surly, Rear: Surly Fixed/Free 120mm
Rims: Alex DA-22, 32-hole
Tires: 700 x 25c Maxxis Detonator
Spoke Brand: DT Swiss stainless steel, 14ga. (2.0mm) straight gauge
Spoke Nipples: Brass nipples

The seller is asking 450$ for it; as always, I'm guessing it's a bit too much but I don't want to lowball them and insult them or anything...

as always, thanks! hopefully I'll be riding sooner than later
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Old 05-10-11, 02:53 PM   #2
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If you're getting into cycling are you sure you want to start with a SS/FG?

I would think about building up the lungs & legs on a geared bike first before going there, unless you live in a wind-free, billiard table flat area... or just like deliberately doing things in the most painful way possible.
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Old 05-10-11, 03:08 PM   #3
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I've been riding bikes (geared, road and mountain, in addition to SS/fixed) for a few years now, but it was always a casual thing, and they were my friends bikes (I've yet to own one...). I'm also a runner/crossfitter so I'm already in pretty good shape .
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Oh, OK then.
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Bueller? Bueller...?
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you could buy a cross check and covert it to a SS/FG...and if you don't like it, you can switch back to geared. Put fat tires on it and racks, do anything with it you want. The steam roller would seem to limit your choices.
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albertmoreno:

I've definitely looked into the crosscheck, but I'd like a bike sooner than later, and trolling craigslist for that specific frame in my size just seems like a waste. I'm asking about the price of this steamroller because it's available and it has a setup I don't mind/would enjoy (FG).

ideally I'll get a crosscheck/similar bike some day, but for the time being this seemed like a good place to start -- I just need to know what a reasonable offer is to respond with :-/
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