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    fixie recommendations anyone?

    Hi everyone. I am new to this forum and I have several questions I hope you guys can help me with.

    I would like to know:
    -where I can purchase a quality fixie that is already built for a relatively cheap price ($100-$200) [online preferably] and have at least 2 or 3 gears and allows coasting and have brakes.
    -the good brand names of fixies that are reliable and durable
    -what frame size is good for someone who is 5'9" to 5'10"
    - anything that can potentially help me on my journey to finding the bike that is right for me.


    Thank you!!

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    Fixed gears have one gear ... and there is no coasting. As soon as there is coasting, it's not a fixed gear.

    Do you mean something like the old-fashioned 3-speed bicycles?

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    Sorry the only bike with fixed/free/3-speed options costs about double your budget. If you really want to coast, this one won't out of the box. You'll need to buy a freewheel separately. Figure about $25 for that.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...kilott_s3x.htm

    Damn, looks like they only have 50cm in stock. I'm not going to guess what size you need, but 50cm is probably too small.

    OK I am going to guess what size you need. 55-56 cm.
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    I'm sorry about the terminologies. I am looking for a bike like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Fixed-Gear-Sin..._bs_3405201_17

    If I do get something like the bike in the link, am I able to buy a freewheel which will allow me to switch gears and coast?

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    Yeah, a standard screw-on single-speed freewheel on a Sturmey Archer S3X hub will still allow you to change gears and will give you the option of coasting. Check BMX shops for a freewheel. They could probably get you one, installed, for $40-50.

    Info on the hub on the bike I linked:
    http://www.sturmey-archer.com/products/hubs/cid/3/id/47

    You won't like most "fixies". They typically don't offer gearing options while riding and typically don't allow one to coast.
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    Thank you very much LesterOfPuppets! So the correct terminology is either road bike or track bike with a fixie frame then?

    And what about the size of the frame? What's the major importance of it?

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    This single speed from Nashbar comes in different sizes (and the sales person should help you figure out which size to get), has a fixed gear and a freewheel, and fits your price range: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...48_-1___202614. Not a bad bike for a little less than $200. It's the Nashbar Hounder.

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    I'd probably get that also. Then if you really need a couple more gears you can save up until you can afford a 3-speed rear hub. If you never wanna roll fixed you can get a normal three-speed hubbed wheel for another $120-150.
    You need to watch rear spacing closely though. Make sure it matches rear spacing of your frame.
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    thanks guys! have you guys personally ridden the nashbar before? Is it lightweight? And what should I really be looking for in the specs of a bike?

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    A fixie by definition has only one speed, and the rear gear is "fixed" meaning that you can't coast. Time to stop using that word if you want to be able to coast and change gears.
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    You could get fixed and gears with a disc brake igh and disc mount cog, but it would probably make more sense to just get a different wheel.
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    I'm guessing that (if OP isn't a troll) the OP thinks "fixies look cool", but doesn't actually want a fixie, just the look. My solution? Put riser bars on an old 3 speed.
    Quote Originally Posted by sprockets View Post
    I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )

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    Wally World had a cheap fixie for sale.. 1 red tire , 1 yellow one,
    rims the opposite.
    .I think only 1 size..

    recommend? no, just noting its existence ..

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    The Walmart Thruster actually has two new color schemes. Both feature two of the same colour tires and two of the same colour rims - major step up. The bike is still mostly garbage but hey, bonus points for saying "FIXIE" right there on the top tube

    Here is one of the 2012 colorways:


    P5160146 by Lester Of Puppets, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightShift View Post
    I'm guessing that (if OP isn't a troll) the OP thinks "fixies look cool", but doesn't actually want a fixie, just the look. My solution? Put riser bars on an old 3 speed.
    That was kind of my impression, but I figured I should chime in before he confuses too many people in SS/FG.
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