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    Ways to shop for Fixed/SS parts (suggestions)

    I'm interested in what methods you use to find Fixed Gear parts.
    (outside of eBay and Craiglist)

    I've found http://www.qBike.com/ to be pretty good as far as searching functionality- you can search multiple vendors for a product and sort by price.

    My friend just bought several components 'from' Amazon.com- mainly because he could shop and pay for everything in one place. He bought Bulletproof cranks, a chain and some other items. (NashBar and other stores feed their products unto Amazon's website.)

    Are there any sites where I can compare different Track (deep drop) handlebars together?
    (I'm looking for a site where I can compare track components between different vendors)
    These sites list different Drop Handlebars but you cannot compare the prices/looks across different brands:
    http://www.businesscycles.com/trcomp.htm
    http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cg...cat=Handlebars
    QBike shows a pretty good listing, but many items are from eBay:
    http://qbike.com/cgi-bin/find.cgi?or...uct=on&lp=&hp=

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    i bookmark every shop i hear mentioned on here...i just added qbike...

    if you use the search function on this forum, you can find a list of shops in a thread called "lbs and obs shops" or some such. you'll find a better list there than i could give you.
    have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
    144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.

    want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
    144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width

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    business cycles is the jam. Harris and American Cyclery are pretty well known too, and so is Yellow Jersey. I also like Universal Cycles and Aebike.

    I'll be expecting referral checks from all those places now.
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    i have to chime in with the Support Your Local Bike Shop pitch. all the online buying i've done doesn't really compare to the satisfaction of walking in to a shop, asking a familiar face for some advice, frowning at bike parts and talking about pros and cons, and then asking for a favor and having them be happy to oblige because you're a return customer. or being able to walk in, put my bike up on the stand, and use their tools.

    good customers get benefits. go the extra mile for a bike shop and a bike shop will go the extra mile for you.

    that said, yes, there are a number of good places on the internet to get parts.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    If you're in Fullerton, you should check out Orange 20 and Bill Ron Bikes. Both in the LA area.

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    ive found that some of the guys working at my local shops are elitest *******s

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewcifer
    ive found that some of the guys working at my local shops are elitest *******s
    then find a different shop. I've ran into that a few times, but probably 80% of the people at the various LBS i've been to are considerate and helpful, and probably half of them have done minor work at no charge or given me advice and tips they didn't have to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunts
    then find a different shop. I've ran into that a few times, but probably 80% of the people at the various LBS i've been to are considerate and helpful, and probably half of them have done minor work at no charge or given me advice and tips they didn't have to.
    choose elitist jackasses over clueless ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dutret
    choose elitist jackasses over clueless ones.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
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    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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    The Bicycle Business in Sacramento is both my LBS and OBS. they even have some track frames in stock hanging from the ceiling. as needed I'll either order online, call, or walk-in. Knowledgeable, and good to work with.

    http://www.thebikebiz.com/Track_s/117.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by humancongereel
    if you use the search function on this forum, you can find a list of shops in a thread called "lbs and obs shops" or some such. you'll find a better list there than i could give you.
    Here's a link to that thread.

    LBS and OBS for Fixed/Track/Single Speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by queerpunk
    i have to chime in with the Support Your Local Bike Shop pitch. all the online buying i've done doesn't really compare to the satisfaction of walking in to a shop, asking a familiar face for some advice, frowning at bike parts and talking about pros and cons, and then asking for a favor and having them be happy to oblige because you're a return customer. or being able to walk in, put my bike up on the stand, and use their tools.

    good customers get benefits. go the extra mile for a bike shop and a bike shop will go the extra mile for you.

    that said, yes, there are a number of good places on the internet to get parts.
    I'll be the one to chime in with the old oh-yeah-well-you've-never-been-to-a-bike-shop-here bit. Some of the worst bike advice I've ever gotten came from "reputable" shops and lifetime mechanics.

    That said, since I've been sniffing fixed gear drainpipes for several years here now, two shops I frequent now carry SRAM singspeed chains, shimano bmx cogs, miche, da and no name cogs, Surly frames and tensioners, and what did I see but a shiny chrome pista at one store and a Cannondale track bike in the other. 4 or 5 years too late for me, but even if you know they're not going to have it, if you go in and ask and know exactly what you want/need, and a half a dozen other people do in a short time span, your local shop that has nothing fixed/ss specific will get hip to the idea that you're going to spend that dough, so it might as well be there.

    And it's satisfying to stop in at a shop that laughed at you when you built a singlespeed and then fainted when you fixed a Kona Smoke to see a fleet of ss-converted Smokes locked up in front the next year.

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    I love my LBS. The owner is some kind of ex racer or something. They always treat me right and have pricing to compete with the internet. When you need old stuff he knows the swap meets to go to or the people to call. The big supply houses are not the ones you can turn to on Saturday morning when your in a pinch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinnt
    The Bicycle Business in Sacramento is both my LBS and OBS. they even have some track frames in stock hanging from the ceiling. as needed I'll either order online, call, or walk-in. Knowledgeable, and good to work with.

    http://www.thebikebiz.com/Track_s/117.htm

    These guys are great, they are also local to me (by blocks ) I would send anyone here.
    I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC

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    QBike - Fixie listings

    Hey there,

    Just saw this thread and was glad to see QBike mentioned. I run the QBike
    site, and I'm always trying to add new sites so that I get the best coverage
    for all sorts of biking. I'll be the first to admit, my main emphasis has been
    on road and mtb riding for quite a while, and then some focus on triathlon
    and women's gear. I've not put the work in on fixies, tandems, or BMX that
    I probably should. So thanks for your comments.

    What are some of the best sites you'd like to see added to QBike? Let me
    know and I'll get them listed.

    I finally figured out that having thumbnail images was a good thing, so I added
    those over the winter. Took a lot of work! And keeping all the images up to
    date is tough, too. Also, I just started a project where I'm trying to group
    products so that it's easier to price compare - but doing this without product
    SKUs or UPCs or such is a tough nut to crack. Anyhow, you can see some of
    these changes on QBike when you're using it.

    Any feedback on ways to make the site better, I'm open to it. I pretty much
    designed the site in 1998 just so that I could quicky find where to buy the
    saddles, road shoes, handlebars, and stems I needed when I was getting more
    into biking, but I wasn't thinking about how to make it useful for anyone else
    necessarily! So let me know what I should do to make finding stuff you're
    looking for easier and faster and better.

    David

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