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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 02-05-06, 01:42 AM   #1
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Need some help ordering track/fixed gear stuff...

If you were given a $1500 spending limit, what track/FG products would you buy?

I may be ordering some stuff for my shop, and before I do, I want to see what components you guys look for the most.

Heres my list thus far:

-Some Sidi MTB shoes
-Egg beaters, Time Atacs, FROGs, steel clips, straps (double, if I can find them)
-Decent selection of Nitto, Cinelli, Syntace, possibly Deda bars
-King and Campy headsets
-Hubs- Level, Phil Wood, Surly, maybe some Velocity wheelsets
-I want to stock a nice selection of Velocity's rims, mavic
-Sugino 75's (and BB), Campagnolo Record
-Izumi track chains, and of course DA cogs

I'm still thinking about clothing. I'll have to work on that.

Any suggestions would be great. If you want to tear apart my list and add other stuff, go right ahead. I'd like to get an idea of what you want to see when you walk into a shop. This is a rough list, size and colors are still TBD.

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Old 02-05-06, 01:56 AM   #2
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remember to save some cash for a white belt
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Old 02-05-06, 03:29 AM   #3
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may i suggest checking out www.businesscycles.com i think most of us would like to see our LBS stock everything John does.
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may i suggest checking out www.businesscycles.com i think most of us would like to see our LBS stock everything John does.
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with 1500 bucks he might be able to buy you a decent joke.
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Old 02-05-06, 04:50 AM   #6
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I may be ordering some stuff for my shop, and before I do, I want to see what components you guys look for the most.
I live in Philly, and try to support my LBSs as often as possible. With that said, here are some of the components I always end up having to order online:
  • 39cm or smaller bars (people like the narrow ones for riding in the city, but no one seems to stock smaller than 40cm, especially for popular styles like the Nitto 123);
  • Non-machined and/or colored Velocity rims;
  • Colored everything, for that matter. For example: nipples and chainring bolts. People like individualization and color these days. I realize that this might have to do with sales volume, but online stores will sell colored nipples individually, while every Philly LBS I've talked to will have to make a special order and will only sell them in packs of 100. That's a bit overkill if I only want to do two 32h rims, and especially overkill if I want to alternate nipple colors (i.e., to match the color of my belt ).
  • Cheap 165mm BMX cranks (like Bulletproof) are great for conversions/beaters. The cheapest SS crankset usually stocked at an LBS is at least $70, whereas a BMX set would be around $30. That's a big difference for someone that wants to build a bike on the cheap (which is an ever-growing market these days);
  • Lower-end-but-durable hubs (i.e. Foruma, IRO, Kogswell, etc.). I'm amazed at how many LBSes push Suzue Jrs./Basics when (debatably) better hubs exist for ~$10 more; and
  • I don't believe there are any IRO dealers in the city, and they seem to be very popular these days.

P.S. Which shop do you represent?

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EAI cogs in a wide selection of sizes.
Unramped rings in 110 and 130 BCD.
KMC chains- the 510h is good.
If you're going clothing- affordable, unlogo'd wool and synthetic tops are good.
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I would splurge on the wheelset. Next to the frame, the wheelset is the most important and expensive part of the bike. I spent a lot of extra money to build my Phil Wood/Deep-V wheelset but i know that wheelset is going to last me a lifetime.
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Kind of depends on the shop, but don't forget the lowend. Formula(You can get them badged IRO from Tony) hubs, even a Suzue cheapie hub, KMC 1/8 nickel chains, MA3s or whateve Sun has in the $30 range. We sell lots more of the cheap stuff than the nice stuff. People oggle the Mavic Elipse and then get the suzue/single wall rim wheels.
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I would splurge on the wheelset. Next to the frame, the wheelset is the most important and expensive part of the bike. I spent a lot of extra money to build my Phil Wood/Deep-V wheelset but i know that wheelset is going to last me a lifetime.
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Old 02-06-06, 02:07 AM   #12
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remember to save some cash for a white belt
white belts are a hipster thing of the past... they are now rocked and held high by hot topic and mall emo ******bags.

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as far as my LBS carrying nothing, i would like to see at least commonly replaced and smaller bits available: EAI cogs, chainrings in vairous BCDs, straps, clips, keirin grips, other grips, saddles, etc. tools would be nice as well, especially since most shops here don't even have a 1/8" chain whip to borrow.
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yeah, tools, especially that tool to hold the backside when tightening chainring bolts...
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keirin grips, other grips
+1 (forgot to mention that in my post above)

LBSes never seem to have a large selection of grips, let alone keirin grips. It's always hard to judge feel and color online.
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