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    Single Speeds and Handlebars

    Earlier this week, I thought that I had uncovered a bicycle industrial conspiracy to scam the unsuspecting cycling single speed consumer. In particular, I compared the prices of the conventional single speed with the single speed having flat or riser handlebars. Upon what I thought was the completion of my reseach and comparison, I concluded that there just my be unjust and unfair pricing going on throughout the industry.

    It appeared that those single speeds having drop handlebars, also called "track bikes", were being systematically price-inflated, just because of the attached drop handlebars. I thought that I had found this to be true with four bicycle companies. However upon further research, there are at least two bicycle companies that would appear to disprove the ubiquity of this suspected trend.

    The first bicycle company observed not to abide by this suspected trend was Masi. Masi is totally upfront about their prices with respect to both their conventional single speeds and their track bikes. In the case of Masi, both single speed styles are equally as expensive.

    For example:

    The Masi Fixed Uno Riser ~ $655
    www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed/fixed-uno-riser-2012


    *The Masi Fixed Uno Drop ~ $655

    www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed/fixed-uno-drop-2012

    The second bicycle company is that of Fuji. Strangely enough with Fuji, the conventional single speed, actually costs more than their track style bike.

    For example:

    The Fuji Declaration ~ $589
    www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/declaration-usa

    *The Fuji Classic ~ $549
    www.fujibikes.com/bike/details/classic-usa2

    * Means drop handlebars
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    Can the conspiracy delusion, things cost what they do because the parts and materials and cost of doing business are what they are .

    Do you own your own Business? how many employees?

    just stick with the cheap fixie, unless you are going to actually
    do on track racing. then don't be an Idiot,
    and ride a bike without brakes , on the street.

    take the bike you can pay for , then put the other bars on
    if that is what heats your balloon.

    Masi Is Not Italian , any more than BD Motobecanes are French,
    or their Windsors are Mexico made, though their brands were.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 07-15-12 at 09:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Can the conspiracy delusion, things cost what they do because the parts and materials and cost of doing business are what they are .

    Do you own your own Business? how many employees?

    just stick with the cheap fixie, unless you are going to actually
    do on track racing. then don't be an Idiot,
    and ride a bike without brakes , on the street.

    take the bike you can pay for , then put the other bars on
    if that is what heats your balloon.

    Masi Is Not Italian , any more than BD Motobecanes are French,
    or their Windsors are Mexico made, though their brands were.
    I dunno. Expensive aluminum drop handlebars, frames, seat posts, and rims! They've even increased the price of foil! I protest!


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    Things made in Asia cost less in Hong Kong. If they are available there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
    Earlier this week, I thought that I had uncovered a bicycle industrial conspiracy to scam the unsuspecting cycling single speed consumer.
    This is a dumb premise anyway and requires dumb customers. Caveat emptor!

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    things cost relatively less if you go to work, and get paid a bit more money..

    whine for a raise..

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    You have alot of free time don't you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaqwert6 View Post
    You have alot of free time don't you.
    Waaaaay too much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    This is a dumb premise anyway and requires dumb customers. Caveat emptor!
    Ok! Alright! I concede!

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