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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 03-21-07, 07:50 PM   #1
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Hello i just posted this in the road bike forum but they told me to post here also. I have been looking for a road bike and i saw this on craigslist. It is a fixie singlespeed, what is the difference between a Fixed Gear Singlespeed and a Singlespeed. Would this bike be worth it, for $200 i'll ask if he will lower it to $175. Thanks... Here is the link http://sacramento.craigslist.org/bik/297500153.html
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Fixed gear means if the wheels are moving, you are pedaling. Single speed means you can coast.
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Old 03-21-07, 07:57 PM   #3
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Why though. What's the point for a fixed gear though is it fun or something. So if your not pedaling it automatically brakes basically. But is the bike worth it.
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Old 03-21-07, 08:22 PM   #4
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Anyone answer my question...Sorry i just need to know really soon.
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Without knowing more about the wheels, I would not pay any more than $175 for that bike, assuming it fit me and was in good shape.

P.S. Fixed gear is about 100% more fun than single speed.
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We hate and want to punish ourselves. Some people cut themselves; we don't allow ourselves to coast or shift gears.


No, really, it's a lot of fun, cheaper, and much easier to maintain. Oh and some people say things about Zen. Read this.
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single speed for dirt
fixed for street.
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Old 03-21-07, 08:31 PM   #8
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Oh ok. So i'll ask if $175 would work. What if s/he says no. But also i'm 5ft and the bike is a 48 cm do you think that would fit me.
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I'd offer $150 at first and go up from there, if you think it's worth it. You should probably check the bike out in person before making any offer to see if it fits and if it's actually in the condition described in the ad.
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good shogun frames are good japanese quality. do you fit on the bike? it looks pretty straight from where I stand.
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I'm pretty sure i can fit on it. It looks pretty decent also.
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go for it. I got my fixie off craigslist for $200 and it rocks my world. had to add a brake and make some other adjustments, but no regrets. you can always resell if you end up not liking fixed.
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Yea...What kind of fixie did you buy.
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I got some no-name conversion...standard 80s road frame, decent Mavic rear wheel and American Classic hub (which until yesterday we all thought was a suicide hub but after taking it apart figured out it's a real track hub...go figure), decent Sugino cranks but turned out the left one was completely stripped so I had to replace that. It has ridiculously low gearing (42/19) so I'm learning how to spin like a mad man (woman). will eventually up the chainring.
ok that was probably too detailed. basically I bought it cus it happened to show up on CL when I was looking and it was my size. I'd never ridden fixed before, but it sure is neato.
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No, really, it's....cheaper
Ha. Not the way the gals and guys on this forum do it.
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Ha. Not the way the gals and guys on this forum do it.
That's true. But, a couple grand on a nice track bike is still cheaper than, say, eight grand for an expensive road bike (and that's not even close to as expensive as they get).
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Oh ok. So i'll ask if $175 would work. What if s/he says no. But also i'm 5ft and the bike is a 48 cm do you think that would fit me.
Should work. I am 5' 4" and ride a 50 or 49 cm frame, so it would probably work. Anything below 48 is very difficult to find, so I hope this works for you! Good luck!
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If it fits and you have the $ then go for it. The question is, is it worth it to you? If you pick it up and you need to adjust anything come down to the Bike Kitchen, we can help you out.
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that's a pretty damn small frame. if you are much over five feet tall, you will probably want to look for something a bit larger. i find that people new to cycling often get set ups that don't fit them very well. at best the ride can be inefficient. at worst, however, a poor fitting setup can cause pain and discomfort that turns off the rider (who doesn't realize that the problem is caused by fit) from cycling in general.

just throwing that out there.
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ask to ride it and then offer 175.

it won't 'automatically brake' when you stop peddling because you won't stop peddling until the bike stops. you can push either way on the pedals and by resisting their rotation you can slow to a stop, but you will want to use that front brake to actually stop, especially when you first get on it.

i say go for it... even if that's a lot more than i bought my 80's fixed conversion for... i got lucky
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Looks good for the price. It says "new wheels" and has a freewheel and a cog/lockring on it, so at least it's not a suicide hub. It also has brakes which will put the worried minds of BF to rest. Salsa cromo stem, clips and straps, etc...

I'd say do it. That's about as small a frame as you'll find. If you're only 5ft tall, it should fit, but might run a bit big.

No, a fixed gear bike does not brake for you. You use your legs to both pedal forward and slow down by resisting the forward motion of the cranks. You'll get the hang of it pretty fast with the assistance of brakes. Go for it, enjoy it, ride on!
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It's a good-looking bike to be sure, but you should definitely take it for a test drive before you buy. And from the picture (unless my eyes deceive me), you'll wanna check out that chain tension because it looks like it's a little slack.
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your feet will pedal automatically if you stop pedaling

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my friend has a Shogun Sammurai and it's ace. i begged him to sell it to me! if i found a fixed Shogun in good condition, and it fit me, and the components were good, i would drop $200 no prob
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that bike looks like hot garbage
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