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Old 09-13-05, 05:48 PM   #1
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Help Looking for new/used fixed

I have $500 to spend on a new or used fixed. I tried searching for a similar thread, so forgive me if the topic is posted too much. I am interested in the 05 Pista, but the bike is very common. What would you buy if you had $500 to get a complete fixed?


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Old 09-13-05, 05:56 PM   #2
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The Pista's a fine back for a beginning rider! I've never ridden one, I'm still building up my conversion. You might look into that as well. Old road bike + new rear wheel + a little sweat = DIY fixie!
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Old 09-13-05, 06:10 PM   #3
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Yes Pistas are common fixies but how often to you see fixies around? Unless you live in a big city its probably not much.
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Old 09-13-05, 06:13 PM   #4
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have you seen the raleigh rush hour Raleigh rush hour - any user opinions? ? $500 - $550 depending on your local bike shop. should be available at the end of the month (some shops got a few early shipments).
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I think it really depends on how patient you are.

If you want a bike now, you'll likely have to settle for one of the standard offerings from Bianchi, Fuji, KHS, etc. Those bikes are alright (I actually really like the Flite 100 for urban assault purposes), but you have to realize that to get the price for them down that low, concessions are made with the components. They're just not built to last and you'll likely be replacing your wheelset or drivetrain within a year or so.

That being said, maybe this sort of upgrade plan would fit perfectly with your budget. If you want to get on the road as soon as possible and are fine with upgrading parts on your frame in the future, by all means get out there and test ride these bikes. Some of the 2006 models are already available in stores, so you can likely find a bike that not everyone is riding ... (yet). On a side note, powder coating is cheap.

If you've got more time, keep an eye out for used options. Craigslist might be a better option than Ebay depending on where you live. Web forums are also a great option. There's always someone moving up to a better bike, so you can likely find something in your price range that's had some nice upgrades done to it. That would probably be the best case scenario for you, actually. You could get a bike that's in your price range, but hopefully someone will have already replaced the troublesome parts.

If your budget is strained and you're really patient, maybe you could work on a road bike conversion. This can take a huge amount of time, but if you rebuild it from the ground up it can be an awesome custom bike. Not a track bike, but do you care?

Anyway, good luck!

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good advice. eye... i just bought a pista after riding a conversion for a while. i felt the urge to ride on a drome and they wouldnt allow my conversion there. i bought a pista and swapped over the better parts. every semester if i make A's i will buy myself one big upgrade. in january it will be a phil wheelset. mmmmmm. if you have a steady income and want something now go ahead but you can find deals on craigslist if you are super patient. which i am certainly not....
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