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Old 06-07-16, 01:25 AM   #1
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Fixed what....????

Hello Everybody;

This is my first post so first of all hello to all you.

I am entertaining the idea to get a fixed gear road bike and I have a couple of questions that I am sure, you experience riders, can answer.

First my background: I am familiar with road bikes even tho it has been years since I rode one. On the other hand, I ride every weekend my mountain bike.

Body type: I am a tall guy (6,3 feet or 1,93 m) and 200 pounds (90 kg)

Why I want a fixie: Mostly to occasionally move around the city having fun. No commutes, just recreational riding. I am attracted about the connection that a fixie is said to give and I like a challenge. Never rode a fixie before.....

For what I read it looks like a steel frame is what I need for the city. Can you confirm this?

I am very used to ride on the sidewalk (yes, in the city where I am It is not banned) so I wonder if a fixe can handle that?...can we feet bigger type like the ones used on the cyclo-cross bikes?

Since it will be my first fixie (yes I plan to get front brakes) I dont want to spend of fortune since I might not like it or get stolen

Any advice or recommendation will be greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance to all of you.

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Old 06-07-16, 03:43 AM   #2
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Why I want a fixie: Mostly to move around the city occasionally having fun.
Why not always have fun? Aim high!

Also: Kilo TT (or WT for wider tires I think)
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Old 06-07-16, 06:17 AM   #3
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Why not always have fun? Aim high!

Also: Kilo TT (or WT for wider tires I think)
You are totally correct...what I meant is that I occasionally ride around the city...of course I always have fun...I ll edit my post ...
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Old 06-07-16, 06:26 AM   #4
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I am very used to ride on the sidewalk (yes, in the city where I am It is not banned) so I wonder if a fixe can handle that?
Stop this.
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Old 06-07-16, 08:06 AM   #5
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Agreed^^ Can't stand sidewalk riders
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Sidewalks are for pedestrians. Take the road where you belong. And unfortunately, most of the cheap fixed gear bikes will not give you a great experience. Heavy, cheap components, poorly made frames. It is a catch 22.
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#kiloWT here Great bike! I run the coaster instead of the fixed cog though.
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For what I read it looks like a steel frame is what I need for the city. Can you confirm this?
I'm willing to deny it.
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Thank you for the replays, I appreciate it.

Letīs go by parts.

I live in Europe, more precisely in Barcelona, Spain.

I am thinking to spend no more than Euros 450.

What are reputable brands that you can recommend?

Thanks
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In that case, a Mercier Kilo (TT or WT) might be a problem due to shipping... (it was for me, I'm in the Netherlands).

I went with a Fuji Feather, which is in that price range. I like it a lot, but I have nothing to compare it to (first fixed and first road bike). It comes with rather skinny tires and I'm not sure you could fit much wider ones comfortably though.
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So wait...there's rice in the burrito AND on the side? That's just silly 'white people' nonsense.
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Just get a single speed cyclocross bike and run it fixed. Something like the On-One Pompino. It's in your budget and should be available in the EU.
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So wait...there's rice in the burrito AND on the side? That's just silly 'white people' nonsense.
I see guacamole on the left and shredded cheddar on the right. Are my eyes playing tricks on me?
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I thought that was a bowl of rice.

Anyway, carrots that aren't pickled are worthless.
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I thought that was a bowl of rice.

Anyway, carrots that aren't pickled are worthless.
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Yes, he should definitely buy a Dosnoventa to be ridden on the sidewalks of Barcelona using a coaster brake rear wheel.
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Thanks for the recommendations, is what I was looking for.
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Yes, he should definitely buy a Dosnoventa to be ridden on the sidewalks of Barcelona using a coaster brake rear wheel.
Yeah...I know.
But at least he can talk in person to someone in the same city and maybe they can steer him in the right direction.
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maybe they can steer him in the right direction.
Toward the street?
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