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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 05-07-06, 05:00 PM   #1
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bike size question

okay say you were in my situation:
broke.
building up a fixed gear but would have to wait two months or so until you had all the cash to finish it.
you ride a 58cm road bike, building up a 56cm track bike.
A conversion is for sale (150) but is a size 54cm.
You also were about to leave your apartment to possibly purchase a 58cm road bike for 75 anyway.

Is it worth to quickly jump ship to fixed even if it is 'too' small? You think it would be comfortable enough if I just raised the seattube higher? I don't mind a low stem, I always ride aggressive anyway.

I'm making my decision in about 30minutes when my girl comes to pick me up and drive me to either the roadbike or the fg.
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Old 05-07-06, 05:03 PM   #2
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The top tube is probably going to be to short, so you would also need to get a really long stem.
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I have a long stem on hand already. plus I could get a setback seat post?

I don't mean to be a profiteer but I know for sure that fixedgear converisons go for about 200-250$ at bikeswaps here regardless of components. So, I could sell it if I don't like it and just break even or make cash whatever. Also I bet I could do a frame swap for a larger frame at YellowBikeProject for free/minimal. that way I keep the fixed-essential components!

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Old 05-07-06, 05:45 PM   #4
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try it you might like it. how tall are ya?
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take it for a ride and see. some would look at me and say i should ride 60 or 61, but i ride a 58 with a longer stem and love it. bad positioning can mean pain, though, so think about the long run when you try it out. going 58 to 54 is a pretty big jump. i'd say if you're not 150% satisfied with the position of the 54cm bike, wait the extra two months to make sure you can ride the bike comfortably for years.
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Old 05-07-06, 09:13 PM   #6
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went to his house, rode for a block, gave him the cash. word.
it's nice, quick, and agile. surely not suited for long distance but good for a commuter or around-towner. My stem's about 20-30mm longer seriously so that will be a significantjump in aero-position. it's nice for sure and I conquered all the hills in my path haha. Oh yeah but I do have killer road rash on my right arm and a lump on me noggin. I wanted to coast to look over my shoulder. ugh. It taught me though, I took it easier afterwards. My friend just bought a peugot conversion yesterday too that a mechanic brought to a party. bike rides 'n' high fives.

here's the posting:http://austin.craigslist.org/bik/158457132.html
something like a 48-16...

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Old 05-08-06, 12:20 AM   #7
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are you speaking texan?? my goodness, you write like gwb + a wood chipper procreated. . .
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Old 05-08-06, 06:01 AM   #8
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Yeah I speak Texan. Here in Texas we do things a little differently than you; we ride more and bit.ch on the internet less.
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