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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 06-28-05, 10:02 PM   #1
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um im trying to buy a fixed gear bike to use for like getting to school, errands, etc. but i'v heard a lot of differnt things about what bikes are good and i'v seen a lot of differnt bikes.so my question is what is an affordable, reliable fixed gear bike that I should buy? Do I need a front brake? No brakes? its very confusing. I would apreciate any help.
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*sniff sniff* I smell troll......
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um im trying to buy a fixed gear bike to use for like getting to school, errands, etc. but i'v heard a lot of differnt things about what bikes are good and i'v seen a lot of differnt bikes.so my question is what is an affordable, reliable fixed gear bike that I should buy? Do I need a front brake? No brakes? its very confusing. I would apreciate any help.
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are you asking for advice or a date?
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Old 06-28-05, 11:23 PM   #6
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You guys are so mean...

I'm new at all this, but you could find an old road frame, with horizontal dropouts, and build one, or you could buy an IRO (www.irocycle.com), which come highly recommended by pretty much everyone. I would personally use a front brake, on a fixed bike, but it seems that many people do not use any brake at all.
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Search the pages before questions like this. People get kind of prickly when they feel like they have to repeat themselves.
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Yeah. That's true. I'm new though, so I haven't had the chance to repeat myself yet...
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it all depends on your resources and or your willingness to learn something new.... like bike mechanics.

you can really build a fixie for next to nothing provided you know some peeps willing to donate and/or have a frame or can acquire a frame. A local bike shop or LBS as you will see on the forums that caters to used parts is a great place to pick up the essentials for piecing together a fixie, here in PDX its City Bikes. You can acquire all you need for piecing together whatever monster you wish to devote time to create.

For starting out on a fixie you might want to use a brake if you arent completely comfortable with the idea of no brakes, it WILL HELP YOU STOP quicker in emergencies.

And really it all comes down to "how much you are willing to spend" and if you want to go the cheaper route "how much time you are willing to devote"

my first ss was a converted '83 univega roadie that I toke over from my dad, then I got into fixies, my latest build I got from John at businesscycles.com nice guy and will work with you on any request you might have. Other than the internet route I would really recommend talking to your local wrench gals/guys.

edit: I've been drinking alot so I appologize for w/e
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