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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 12-22-05, 04:09 PM   #1
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Neophyte Courier needs new ride.

I started a courier job but need a new ride since mine is not suited for the messenger business at all. Does anyone have any suggestions for frame types or brands. I live in SF so it should be able to tackle hills but take the MUNI tracks with ease. I'm about 5'5" but I don't know what size I should be buying since I've never been sized and just used the hand-me-downs. Thanks guys.
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click the [SPAM!] link over there ------>

ask the mods to move this to singlespeed/fixed-gear forum--lotta messers hangout there

specify if you do/don't want gears, and make sure to mention it's a WORK bike

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Old 12-22-05, 04:16 PM   #3
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Thanks. Sorry, I'm just finding my way around this forum. I hope I don't irk too many die hards.
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Moving now...

[edit] did you want me to delete the above posts?
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Don't worry, Katio. The SS/fixie guys are a tolerant, loving bunch.
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Old 12-22-05, 05:03 PM   #6
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Don't worry, Katio. The SS/fixie guys are a tolerant, loving bunch.
hahahahahahahaha!

What don't you like about your current bike? My feeling is that the most important thing about a work bike is that it be FUN! If your bike is no fun to ride, then you won't be a messenger long. That's why I ride a fixed gear. If you want a fixed gear, you must check out IRO. Can't help you on the size. Good luck.
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I'm 5'5" and ride a 49-51cm frame size.
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I certainly don't mind answering the question in this forum, but I fail to see how it's off topic in the roadbike forum.

The OP wants a multispeed workbike to ride on the road. A decent lightish MTB with smooth tires should do the trick nicely. A triple might come in handy when tackling tthe SF hills loaded. I rode an old Raleigh with a 6spd freewheel and 1.26x26 for years made a great city commuter. A six speed will also be less desireable to knowledgeable theives, but not particularly less useful as a workbike than current 8/9/10 speed drivetrains.
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Moving now...

[edit] did you want me to delete the above posts?
Maybe not delete, but there are two threads on this here now...
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I'm so out of the loop. Ok guys, this thread is being closed, but you can continue the conversation here.

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