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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 03-05-06, 01:21 AM   #1
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What frame should I get?

First off, I'd like to say that I am completely new to the idea of fixed gear riding.

I currently ride a Bianchi Volpe (got it for touring purposes), but something about having all these unnecessary gears for local city riding annoys the hell out of me.

I know, I could just... not switch gears, but, I'd also like to get a new bike for lighter weight purposes, and design control. Plus, I hear riding a fixie gets you laid by the hottest of chicks.

I pretty much only know of the Surly Steamroller, or getting a stock Pista or something.

I know I can get a used complete bike on ebay, but I'd rather build up my own for the experience and knowledge I'd gain from it.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I go with the Surly?

Something without decals would be ideal. Are there any new frames out there I could get that are plain in design, or would I have to sand it down and paint it myself for pretty much any frame I get?
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Old 03-05-06, 01:50 AM   #2
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Really you can get just about any road bike. and then have some track ends put on by a bike builder. It is costly but you can have any type of frame then.
Good luck.
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Their are many options to a fixed gear bike. If you're going with the conversion. This option entitled the conversion of a geared bike to fixed. You could also go with a track bike (pista, keirin) which is meant to be ridin on a velodrome and not on the road becuse they use no brake. Then there is the newest addition of bikes which have been sold as fixed gear. Fixed gear have none of the disadvanteges of a track bike because they have more of a relaxed road bike geometry but have a high bottom bracket like track bike for crank clearence. Also, all bikes and frames sold as fixed gear will have brake holes unlike most track bikes. I think that the Bianchi pista has brake holes if you like that.
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Old 03-05-06, 05:51 AM   #4
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De bernardi. im a big supporter of that frame. and for less eai bareknuckle frame. alot of people get in a hurry to get a fixed ger bike and end up sacrificing craftmanship, quality and syle because they are impatient. my best advice is dont rush into buying something new. go to fixedgearfever.com and post a want ad. search ebay under cycling EVERYDAY for "track." ...check out the fisso fixed gear bike. it has a more relaxed geometry which may be good for you. search google for "skidstrong" it will pull up the fisso site.
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IRO, Soma (Pake), Milwaukee, Specialized, Jamis, and Raleigh all make good FG/SS bikes. Most for pretty good prices too. Shop around, there is more to life than the steamroller/pista.
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Old 03-05-06, 06:21 PM   #6
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oh yes!
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dude I LOVE ultraman!
i still have my ultraman suit that I wore for halloween in grade 3.
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I hear riding a fixie gets you laid by the hottest of chicks.

how do rumors like this get started?
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how do rumors like this get started?
haha, because its true.
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dude I LOVE ultraman!
i still have my ultraman suit that I wore for halloween in grade 3.
Really?????????/ wow.... i had to se the 60 cms statue I sold a few months ago them. I bought it in japan. Only 50 were made hehe... Do u have a picture of your ultraman custome? i know somebody that would love to buy it for his kid (no kidding)

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