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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 11-22-07, 06:28 AM   #1
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my first SS / fixie - advice please!

Hello everyone; I'm venturing out of some of the other forums to get some advice.

I've decided to get a SS. Over the past few months I've more or less given up changing gear on my daily commute, so figured it's time to get with it.

The bike I currently ride is a 1980s vintage peugeot; I've upgraded the drivetrain (but not the ders) and the wheels. It rides really nicely.

It's also the only bike I own. So here's the question. Should I convert this bike to a SS, and buy a new road bike (I'm not sure about only owning a SS, although I suppose in some ways it would be quite cool but it wouldn't suit every ride), or keep that one as my roadie and buy a new SS?

The LBS is dead keen to convert the peugeot, but I think that because in part it's a much more interesting job - and they get to sell an expensive road bike too. But I'm kind of attached to the thing as it is. I also wonder how good the conversion would be, and how many parts might need to be replaced.

Which path would you recommend? And if you were buying a new SS, what would you get? I'm looking for something not too expensive (and bear in mind that bikes over here are probably 50% more expensive than in the US).

Thanks in advance for your help, as I take my first tentative steps into this new world...
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Old 11-22-07, 09:43 AM   #2
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I think that buying a new SS would end up being cheaper then doing the conversion and getting a new road bike. It all depends on how much money you are looking to spend IMO.
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Old 11-22-07, 10:56 AM   #3
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If it was my choice, and I had a road bike that I really liked riding, I'd hold on to it as it is. So I'd advise you to stick with the Peugeot as it is.

If you're not sure where to get parts for a fixed/ss conversion, you'll probably wind up spending a lot of money on it.

Buy yourself a new SS (if you're commuting, think of the Redline 925). You'll be able to ride it immediately, without spending a lot. You can still have fun upgrading it to your liking over time, while maintaining it in running condition.
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