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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 10-09-07, 12:56 AM   #1
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i have no idea

as a newcomer to the singlespeed world, i'm looking to get a modestly priced bike relatively soon.

I've found one promising bike on craigslist which seems it will fit my height of 6'4"
http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/bik/437507572.html

i would make some modifications like making it a freewheel and putting on brakes.

does anyone have an opinion about this bike or any other advice? anything would be really appreciated. all i want is a bike i can cover some good distance on with none of the hassles that my 10-speed is giving me.

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Old 10-09-07, 04:48 AM   #2
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Copied the ad and inserted the thoughts I had while reading:

61" SR FRAME (never heard of it) W/ TANGE UNICROWN FORK(new), SHIMANO DECOE (decoe?!?)THREADED HEAD SET(new), ITM DUAL BARS, RPM CRANKS, 48T CHAINRING, WELLGO TRACK PEDALS, ALEXRIMS RPD 15 W/ FORMULA SEALED HUB (rear=700c), 16T STEEL COG, STEEL LOCKRING, WEINMAN RIM W/ SUNTOUR HIGH FLANGE HUB (front=27"), FUJI BOTTOM BRACKET (not sure Fuji makes or made bottom brackets), RED KMC 1 1/8 CHAIN (lame...but that's my opinion).
$300 CASH (too much, go with bikesdirect)
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Old 10-09-07, 04:53 AM   #3
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nice, moose
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Old 10-09-07, 04:56 AM   #4
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bikesdirect.com comes right to mind. Decent new bikes in your price range and lots of people here have had good luck with them.
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Old 10-09-07, 11:14 AM   #5
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thanks a lot. i just noticed that the ad was pulled from craigslist, so that must be a sign. i'll check out bikesdirect.
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why don't people visit their LBS' before buying something online?
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because there are very few shops that don't make you feel like an ass for asking newbie questions. its part of the problem with the biking industy on a whole IMO.
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i agree CF4L. many shops act as if knowing bike terminology and mechanics is all that matters. it doesnt matter how serious of a biker you are if you can't rattle off jargon to them.

i've checked out some stores here in LA and gotten the same reaction, its as if i was invisible.
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because there are very few shops that don't make you feel like an ass for asking newbie questions. its part of the problem with the biking industy on a whole IMO.
Yep. I've said it a thousand times; I think that attitude, not price, are killing the LBS.

There are a thousand examples of small, locally-owned businesses that are thriving, despite selling their products for more money than their online or chain-store competitors. They do it by being friendly and offering service without judgment. The sooner more bike shops figure this out, the sooner they'll see their fortunes change.

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yes indeed. i just got a pinarello frame for trade on craigslist. took a trip up to seattle for parts and pretty much felt like Loozer after talking to the mechanics. now i have no self esteem.
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i agree CF4L. many shops act as if knowing bike terminology and mechanics is all that matters. it doesnt matter how serious of a biker you are if you can't rattle off jargon to them.

i've checked out some stores here in LA and gotten the same reaction, its as if i was invisible.
I rolled into a lbs riding my allez elite and wearing a "ride your bike to work day" shirt and one of the sales peoples asked me "is that your dads bike?" that rubbed me the wrong way
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If I had acted the way LBS employees act today, when I worked in shops in the 1980's, I'd have been fired on day one.

My closest shop is R&A, I only walk in there if I have no other choice. They are beyond toxic. Total d**c*bags. Hate the whole experience every time.

Then there is Dixon's. They are near by too. The head mechanic lied to me when trying to sell me a frameset. Told me Tony Iro was a personal friend of his and that Tony hand welds all of his own frames here in America.

I love Brooklyn Heights Bicycles, just wish they were closer to home. The mechanic is an old friend, so they get all my LBS-ish business. But, it is a hike.

Personally, I see no benefit to buying from an LBS unless it is to send a friend some business and hang out. Those kinds of shops are becoming far and few between.

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