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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 09-26-06, 04:42 PM   #1
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which to fix, which to gear

i need a new frame for my conversion for winter riding and i would like a geared bike for longer rides. i have recently picked up two frames and i can't decide how to build up either. the first is a fiori, all columbus tubing.

the other is a miyata, currently built up but should be considered a frame since it will need a complete overhauling.

both frames are my size and in good shape. the fiori is a little bigger and the angles are different. i ride my keirin bike most of the time but need a conversion with fenders for rainy days, which is most of the winter. the geared bike is second priority but of some importance as well. the fiori is a much nicer frame except it has a lot of braze-ons and some big shifter mounts. the miyata is a little cleaner but has internal brake cablehousing which would be wasted on a fix.

what would you do with each bike?
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Old 09-26-06, 04:49 PM   #2
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make the miata your beater. the internal routing will make it cleaner as a fixie. plus, it doesn't look like it's in as good condition.

make the fiori your geared. it's prettier, has better tubing, and you'll use all the "extra" braze on's to run brakes and gears.
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make the miata your beater. the internal routing will make it cleaner as a fixie. plus, it doesn't look like it's in as good condition.

make the fiori your geared. it's prettier, has better tubing, and you'll use all the "extra" braze on's to run brakes and gears.
what he said.
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