Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Mateo, CA
Bikes: 2005 Trek 2100, Iro Angus Fixed Gear
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To build or not to build; that is the question.
I have a major lust for a fixed gear bike. I really like the IRO machines, they seem super nice and everything. Part of me wants to build, part of me wants to buy stock and just RIDE.
I don't really care about the money so much right now (or I will at least pretend, since I haven't bought anything yet). I want a new frame, not an old one, for sure. But at that point, I am a little lost. What are all the sizes of parts to buy, how do I ensure that I will have a straight chainline, how much more will it be in terms of cash... etc.
Then I think I will just go for the IRO, either the jamie roy or the mark V, and just have fun riding around, which is what I really want to do. Of course, I can ride around on a bike I built, I would just have to be patient. I wouldn't have all the fun waiting for the parts to show up and building it myself, knowing how everything works, etc, and I know, build fixies and enjoy the experience just as much as the ride.
I guess I am nervous about either one to a certain extent.
Any advice for a newbie?