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Old 11-19-08, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hello from Midtown Sacramento...

Looking into getting into single speed/fixed gear.. really popular around midtown because the city is layed out as a flat grid, everyone rides bikes...

I currently have a cruiser that I like to call my "minivan," but it is just too slow and heavy for everyday riding. I also have a 3 speed 1972 Vista Sophisticate which looks a lot like an vintage Schwinn.

I am thinking of purchasing an 09 Schwinn Madison with the flip/flop rear hub, but I don't know too much about single speeds and fixed gears and just want to limit my driving and get more into riding starting in the spring (or winter even if the weather isn't raining like hell)

I don't know what else to write here... anyone live in the Sacramento area?
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Old 11-22-08, 12:57 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums. It's nice to see someone else from Sacramento here!
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Old 11-26-08, 01:23 PM   #3
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hi mandy. Great to see more girls on the bike forums...
So.. were you looking to ride fixed or a single speed?
Personally, I have a thing against schwinns... (mostly because they tainted their name by selling to walmart and target and stuff but...)
if it's the schwinn madison model you like, Bare knuckles could be the way to go.
You got any questions, I'm here for ya. : )
and I live in the sac area so when you get your bike built up, we should ride.

I just built up my new bike yesterday if you were curious: http://velospace.org/node/15523

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Old 12-01-08, 12:07 PM   #4
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I know what you mean about Schwinn selling out to walmart and target.. super annoying. I figure I will start out with the Madison, since the price is pretty inexpensive for what I have seen out there. I like the way a lot of bikes look, but I am not sure the best one and what to really look for in a bike. So maybe if we start riding soon (if it isn't pouring down rain) I could get some pointers. I'm really new to this! But everyone starts out as a newbie once in a while, right?

Your bike is supppeeerrr cute by the way. I am jealous! hehe
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Old 12-01-08, 12:34 PM   #5
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Hi, Mandie. Curtis Park here! Welcome to BF.

I'd suggest going to the Bike Biz on Freeport (across the street from CK McClatchy HS) and checking them out. They have some nice and relatively inexpensive SS/FG bikes.

I also think City has Madisons and Bianchi Pistas in stock. Worth taking a look.

I don't know if you've ever ridden fixed before. There's nothing magic about it--it's just a single speed bike that cannot coast. You can brake with your feet, but I'd still get a caliper brake or even two.

Good luck!
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Old 12-05-08, 11:20 AM   #6
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^^ i definitely second the person who posted about going to Bike Biz. They literally have everything imaginable when it comes to track bikes and fixed gears.
I go there like once a week to get stuff from them (was just there yesterday and bought 4 things). They are also having a 10% off sale until tomorrow (Saturday--dec 6).

Also... if it's just the clean looks of a fixed gear you like and you still want to coast, you could get a custom wheel there built in with a coaster brake hub (meaning: that you can brake safely by just pedaling backwards and still coast and it wouldn't be as "dangerous" as a fixed gear because the back wheel is the brake.)

Building bikes is a huge hobby of mine and my boyfriend. Lately we've been building a LOT of them. : )

Best of luck mandy!

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Old 12-05-08, 02:10 PM   #7
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Yay for riding fixed in midtown-sac. I do it everyday and everywhere. seriously, i now use my car like once a week, and that's only to haul groceries.

and +1 for the Bike Biz on Freeport. i got my Steamroller there about a year ago. they were great and very helpful, though I knew exactly what I wanted.
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