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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 06-14-07, 09:58 PM   #1
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$2000 to build a fixed..suggestions?

So I have 400 miles on my 07 Redline 925 which is for commuting. Already have the urge for something better and more refined...Now I need a cooler fast fixed bike I can use to hang with the local club rides. What would you put on this bike, Frame, cranks, seat post ,headset, stem, fork, bars,wheels, cog etc. I am looking to the real unbiased fixed riders for assistance rather that talking to a shop who will sell me on what they have. It will be a road bike not track.
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Old 06-14-07, 10:06 PM   #2
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Youwant better and more refined: spend $1000 on a fitness assessment and/or coaching - the other $1000 on a filmore, iro, or even keep your nice redline. going from $1K to $2K on an ss/fg does not yield much, unless you can crank it
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Old 06-14-07, 10:38 PM   #3
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Use it all up on a sweet custom frame!

Then it could be as road as you want.
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Old 06-14-07, 10:41 PM   #4
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Yeah a nicer bike isn't going to put you in the front of the pack on a group ride but if you want a nicer bike, go for it. Two grand should build you a pretty kick ass ride. What's your interest? Top quality old school, ultimate techno lightweight? I think I saw a 14lbs titanium superninja singlespeed spaceship on fixed gear gallery classifieds for about that price, so you should be able to go nuts.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:44 PM   #5
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or I would buy this, twice.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:57 PM   #6
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A nice, really well fitted custom frame with solid parts would be lots of fun, though it will probably not make you any faster. for that you need to go on club rides.

I really like this custom roadfix: http://thefsb.org/mercy/supervig.html
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A nice, really well fitted custom frame with solid parts would be lots of fun, though it will probably not make you any faster. for that you need to go on club rides.

I really like this custom roadfix: http://thefsb.org/mercy/supervig.html
Yep. Mercian = Awesome. With a Miche gruppo very doable for 2 grand.
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Old 06-15-07, 05:15 AM   #8
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you can spend 2k on a cooler bike which will not make you faster, or you can

take your girl to europe,
or invest the money,
or educate an inner city child,
or invest in your favorite environmental cause,
or do any number of things that'll provide more satisfaction than yet another bike.

If you're not satisifed with your current bike after only 400 miles, you wont be satisifed with your next pick either.

my $.02

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Old 06-15-07, 05:49 AM   #9
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A standard EPO circuit costs around $10G, or so I hear... maybe just stick to standard blood doping? That should be more affordable.
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Old 06-15-07, 06:10 AM   #10
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If you wanna wait a little while, a close friend of mine is starting his own frame company, and will have the first limited run of frames arriving later this year. Italian steel, lugged frame, two-tone paint, painted logo, classic look, built it Italy. More details to follow...
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If you wanna wait a little while, a close friend of mine is starting his own frame company, and will have the first limited run of frames arriving later this year. Italian steel, lugged frame, two-tone paint, painted logo, classic look, built it Italy. More details to follow...

seeing as he wants performance I don't think lugged steel is the choice for him.

The idea that he needs a faster bike for club rides is also pretty absurd. I think bianchi makes just the thing for people who think like this though.

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Old 06-15-07, 06:53 AM   #12
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i personally think it would be a bit foolish to spend that much money on a bicycle that you aren't going to race
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i personally think it would be a bit foolish to spend that much money on a bicycle that you aren't going to race
I personally think that's a foolish statement to make.
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I personally think that's a foolish statement to make.
I think personal statements on the internets are foolish.
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I think foolish interweb personals make statements.
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Old 06-15-07, 08:52 AM   #16
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Get a rode bike. If it's for local club rides definetely get a rode bike. I had a decent rode bike and a very nice track bike. I wrecked the road bike and am stuck riding my track bike around. I love every second of it, but club rides you want a road bike. So many more opportunities with a road bike.
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I would just watch ebay for the right bike to come up. I couldn't build my "ultimate" bike for $2000, just because of frame cost. I'm not into "classic", lugged, threaded or rusted so something like this would catch my attention.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...1266&rd=1&rd=1

Yea, I'd prefer that it were a custom Vanilla, but I don't have four years to spend on a waiting list.
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I wonder if those are record brifters with the shifter part removed or cane creek with record levers.
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The idea that he needs a faster bike for club rides is also pretty absurd.
Club ride one-upsmanship is what keep the bike industry going in this country...
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Club ride one-upsmanship is what keep the bike industry going in this country...
Agreed but it sounds like he has more serious problems before he worries about that. Apparently he can't even "hang" with his 925 so it is a bit premature to start shopping for a new bike after just 400miles.
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club rides?
you're gonna want gears. or prepare to get dropped.
early and often.
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maybe it is some kind of fixed gear club? like tuesday night pretzel rides or something
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you're gonna want gears. or prepare to get dropped.
early and often.
If he is strong enough and there aren't many steep descents he shouldn't.

Still wouldn't be my choice though.
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if you want a fixed road bike for group rides, honestly I'd go for a high end conversion, so that if you even find out that you need the gears you can always convert it back.

- CAAD8/9 frame
- ENO laced to OPs/Aeroheads/bling rim of choice.
- ultegra cranks/bb/brakes (chainring on outside should give you good chainline with the ENOs)
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