Hey Everyone...I been lurking around for months now, and just wanted to become part of the community if that doesn't sound too corny. I currently have 3 bikes, one road, one track, and one fixed conversion.
The Track bike is nothing special at all, it is the Mercier Kilo TT that I just bought a few days ago from sprtymama on ebay for $307 with $40 shipping, but I used the 10% off coupon with paypal, so I got a good deal in my opinion. Its definitly a nice bike, even the wheelset is decent. Seems like too many people on here hate no-name parts for some reason. It is cheap, and if well maintained with grease or whatever is needed, it should last it's money's worth.
The fixed conversion bike is the cheapest, but it's my go-to bike, taking it wherever I'll like to go, and not care about where it's locked up. It is an old sears roadmaster bike that was converted to fixed gear with suzue basic hubs and sun CR16 36 holes. Every part on that bike is nashbar, except for the promax adjustable stem. I want to bend my own handlebars, if anyone has some suggestions / tips on what I should do to accomplish that, help me out! I have a pipe bender, and I figure you go out and get some cro-moly tubing and bend it? I want to bend IBIS SCORCHER Handlebars - as shown on this site: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/con...kashimax500.jpg I figure with the adjustable stem, I can raise the bar high to have a cruising style, but if I drop the stem, it can become sorta like drop bars. Bike currently has flip 'n chops, which I like a lot, but would prefer an Ibis Scorcher style handlebars. I have a roadmaster leather saddle that works great for dropped position or raised. This bike has gearing of 40x15 fixed and 40x16 freewheel. It has 700x28c's with zefal fenders and rear rack. Has a Nashbar LED 5 headlight, which is brighter than my 21 LED headlamp made from hong kong. I plan on commuting to work starting this spring, on the road bike first, then progressing to the fixed. It is a 8 mile trip each way, but I have a co-worker who said if I ever wanted a ride home I could throw the bike in her trunk and ride with her home (she lives about a block from where I live).
If anyone wants to see what my road bike is made of, go to the "Introductions" part of the main page.
Looking forward to being a part of the heated yet funny as hell discussions on here.