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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 09-12-05, 01:59 PM   #1
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Puma Biomega Bike

I don't know if anybody else has seen this yet but check this out: Biomega Bike

There is a special Flash page that's accessable from www.puma.com too. Here's the jist:

A single-speed, disk-braked, 24" wheeled bike with slicks. The frame is aluminum, and has the slingshot style cable-as-downtube. BMX handlebars "for upright, head-up position for optimal visibility and navigation". BMX cranks as well. The bike also folds, and the cable/downtube acts as a lock. Seat-tube trunk rack is included. Cost: $775 + $40 shipping, all no-name parts.

Altogether, seems like a pretty cool idea, perfect for the urban hipster. The only complaint I have is the cost, which seems a little much. A 24" cruiser with big bars and a better seat would be basically the same thing, only about $400 less and you have to buy a chain.

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Old 09-12-05, 02:06 PM   #2
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I'll stick to my old school bmx or SS mtb. Its only time when someone will offer a bike where the frame tubes doubles as a water bottle. Kind of like the motorcycles frames that hold the oil in the tubing.
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Old 09-12-05, 02:09 PM   #3
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I personally built a few of those bikes for puma at the bike shop.

They were ok, the disc brakes were pretty cheap. It looked pretty good, all flat black. They worked ok, definitley not worth the price.
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Old 09-12-05, 02:30 PM   #4
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I'm all for people commuting on bikes. I especially advocate fixed gears or single speeds for hassle free commuting within many cities. I'm appalled at the number of people who drive to my campus, 90% of the people who live off campus (almost everyone who isn't a freshman) live within 2-3 miles of their destination. It can be traversed by bike as fast as by car. Anyway- I'm all for something like this... but....

If someone wants to give me $400 I'll build them a commuter bike that will make that thing look like a toy. That said though, I really wish this thing would catch on and become the next fad....
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Old 09-12-05, 02:46 PM   #5
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I'd rather just pay the dosh for an original Slingshot. Talk about bike-lust.
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Old 09-12-05, 02:57 PM   #6
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coming soon to a city dump near you...
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hybrids-r-us.
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I understand marketing and all, but seriously, there's alot of better bikes that can be bought for under 800 shipped. but I guess if it fits my fashion.....
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Old 09-12-05, 05:10 PM   #9
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holy sh1t! it's left hand drive!!! look at the bike rack! nice photo editing.....
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Bike looks pretty slick. I don't know much about 24" cruiser style bikes, but if you were to build one for half the price, fixed of course, how would you do it? Who makes this kinda stuff?
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Old 09-12-05, 06:44 PM   #11
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i just like the jacket that comes with it.
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"special features, such as a single speed transmission that does not require shifting and optimizes pedaling"
sounds high tech!
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Oh man it's the slingshot....thrown into an ugly machine and spit back out.
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nice idea. shi++y excecution.

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i also built some of those at my shop for the local puma store. in my opinion they are 100% crapola.
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Can't find it
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holy sh1t! it's left hand drive!!! look at the bike rack! nice photo editing.....
I saw that pic too, and I think they just mirrored that one. All the other photos indicate a regular right-hand drive.
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this link might work a little better http://www.puma.com/bike/
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I saw that pic too, and I think they just mirrored that one. All the other photos indicate a regular right-hand drive.

woah woah woah, mirrored it? how'd they do that? did they build another bike backwards for a photo? that's weird!
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woah woah woah, mirrored it? how'd they do that? did they build another bike backwards for a photo? that's weird!
no, they just flipped the picture. i just did it in ms paint. they might have liked the picture, but wanted it angled the other way to flow better with the site. i don't know, but it was a good catch.

how it is on the site:



what it looked like when it was taken (ms paint > image > flip/rotate > flip horizontal):


see, its just like its looking at itself in the mirror:
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Someone will buy it.

Whats with the upside down Star Trek symbol in the flash video?
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HOLY CRAP!!! how did you build half a bike with a computer program???? I didn't know that ms paint could weld!?!!!! What's going on here, I'M CONFUSED!!! Zipp22, what does your computer look like???? Is it a ROBOT!?!?!?!?!? AHHHHHHHHHH!!! THE ROBOTS ARE TAKING OVER!!!!!!!!
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everything else aside...for those of us that wear adidas... riding that thing would be an epic gear-mixing faux pas...
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