way too excited
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: houston, tx
Bikes: awesome vintage Dutch ladies' three-speed commuter bike.
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new and super excited about this fixed business
I'm Alix, and I'm clearly a complete nerd as it's nearly 5am and I'm ogling bikes/reading bike forums online. Yes. Anyway, I come to bikes via a stint in Amsterdam, where they were nigh unavoidable. I was the lame kid who didn't learn to ride a two-wheeler til 5th grade and I was s*** scared of biking in a city. Long story short, I emerged 5 months later completely obsessed with riding bikes, a state that's carried over back home to Houston. So now I'm back in this city, which is nearly as flat as the 'dam but not nearly as bike-friendly. I found a fabulous Dutch ladies' commuter bike (3-speed, cruiser style) on Craigslist and I've been commuting to work on that, but I'm stuck on the idea of riding fixed. I only ever ride with one gear anyway, I'm intrigued by the challenge of learning a new way of riding, and the bikes are just so damn hot. My query is where to go from here. I have seen a few fixies in the neighborhood, some that look to be built up road frames as well as a couple track-looking frames. I have almost no mechanical expertise when it comes to bikes, so building one up myself is looking a bit daunting. I'm very interested in possibly doing that in the future, but I'm feeling a bit Veruca Salt-ish at the moment ("I want an Oompa-Loompa NOW, Daddy!") so I'm looking at complete bikes online, particularly IRO and Bianchi. Would you recommend this as the way to go for someone who would potentially end up upgrading components in the future? Should I troll E-bay? Should I attempt to find a LBS who can help me build something cheap? Right now I just want a bike to have fun with and commute to work on, but I want it fixed and I want it ASAP! Rawrr! Any and all advice is much appreciated.