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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-08-05, 01:00 AM   #1
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cheap rear wheels in SF?/ first fixed gear/ first post

Hello all. I'm trying to put together my first fixed gear and I'm trying to do it as cheaply as possible. I'm just going to be using this bike to get around town so I'm not looking to spend alot. I've almost pieced a whole bike together for almost no money with spare parts.

Anyhoo, I'm looking for a rear wheel (700c). I'd like to go with a flip flop hub and I'd like to avoid having one built/redished. Through ebay I've found a site (NYCbikes.com) that sells an inexpensive rear wheel with a suzue flip flop hub and a double walled rim for $80. Finally, my question is: Is there a shop anywhere in SF that sells something similar to this wheel? A cheap flip flop complete rear wheel? I'm not spending more than $80 on a rear wheel for a beater city bike and I thought having one shipped from New York was a bit rediculous given the huge bike community here. If you can help, I would appreciate it.

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Old 06-08-05, 01:03 AM   #2
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Cant think of anywhere local off hand. Seems like the price of realestate here prevents there from being a serious discount fixie store. BensCycle.com sells a cheap but ok wheelset for $135, maybe you could get them to sell you a single wheel?
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Old 06-08-05, 01:33 AM   #3
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Refried Sells these - Go see Benjamin (Benji) at Refried Bicycles (http://www.refriedcycles.com) on Haight b/w Fillmore and Webster - he has some inexpensive pre-built track wheels with suzue hubs. He also sells used parts - so you might find something a little better for a good price. Like - I picked up a beautiful used white leather Selle San Marco saddle this weekend for $5. I've been buying all the parts for my new track bike from him and he's been very friendly and helpful. I can't say enough good things. He know his stuff too. It's what a bike store it supposed to feel like.
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Old 06-08-05, 06:43 AM   #4
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another recommendation here for refried. good people.
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Valencia Cyclery has Suzue Basic/Sun M13II wheels for about $80. They also have Formula/Mavic CXP22 wheels for about $100.
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come to the swap this sunday!
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But that would mean waiting for 4 more days.
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Sweet. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll check out both Valencia cycle and Refried.

What swap on sunday?

thanks again
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I was at pedal revolution last thursday and I didn't ask about specific wheels but they seem to be fixie friendly, you might try giving them a call.
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after reading this i ran down to valencia cycles. they were out of the mavic so i got the formula/sun, dura ace ring and cog for 164 installed...not to shabby
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...not to shabby
then whose it to?
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then whose it to?
don't you mean "than whose it too?" ?
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don't you mean "than whose it too?" ?
ooopsss...definately the then should be than, but "too" means in addition; in his sentence he should have said "too," but he said to. so i asked, "who is it to?"
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actually then would be correct if asking who is it going to

than would be correct with the way the first guy originally meant it - because it is comparing. But still - than whose it too - makes no sense whatsever
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I think "who's", as in "who is", would be more appropriate than "whose", as in "whose is that?"
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after looking at these words they are all starting to look wrong and mispelled.
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after looking at these words they are all starting to look wrong and mispelled.
No, I am right, everyone else is wrong.

Oops, forgot the:

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after reading this i ran down to valencia cycles. they were out of the mavic so i got the formula/sun, dura ace ring and cog for 164 installed...not to shabby
Nice, did you get the Bike Coalition discount?
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I think "who's", as in "who is", would be more appropriate than "whose", as in "whose is that?"
Correct. That's why I went for the "chock full o' errors" version. I guess I should use those smiley things more often.
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Mr. Ostro, it looks like your chain is a little bit slack on your celeste monster.

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i tried to get a teamster/ups discount and he wouldnt go for it. then he asked me for a sfbm card to give me that discount...no go..my grammer is very poor but thanks for making 5 posts pointing it out to make me feel like more of an idiot..
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i tried to get a teamster/ups discount and he wouldnt go for it..
I wouldn't worry about it. I don't get a stagehand discount at most bike shops.
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...my grammer is very poor but thanks for making 5 posts pointing it out to make me feel like more of an idiot..
but i bet you get it right next time
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