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    Inexpensive Fixie

    Soup everyone.

    I'm in the market for a new bike, and I want something very different from my current bikes, so I figure a track bike is a good option.

    I'm posting this here becuase I'm don't intend to race track with it or anything, just fart around town and ride when it's rainy. Call me a poser/posuer/prozeur/poughzeur/prohzeughere whatever, but I want a track bike. As a side note, I also like track geometry.

    Anyway, I have a budget of ~$1,200. I'm definitely not into the idea of brakeless, so I'd like a front brake (not rear). I know you guys HATE Langsters, but there's one down at my LBS. It's not a current model (I don't think, at least), maybe last year. Not in the Specialized catolouge (SP?) or on their website. It's little over a grand, and has a front brake, with the lever mounted on where one would normally put a bar plug. I test rode it, and it felt pretty good. Sharp handling, but held it's line well. What says you, SSFG?


    Any other suggestions?
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    If you're riding on the road ... why do you want track geometry again?
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    If you're riding on the road ... why do you want track geometry again?
    Becuase it's different, and in some ways, more comfortable.
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    IRO anything

    You could probably build something of pretty high quality with that budget.

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    for a $200 more you could get a brand new Felt Tk2 and it comes with good parts and it has a brake hole too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyeswho View Post
    for a $200 more you could get a brand new Felt Tk2 and it comes with good parts and it has a brake hole too.
    [IMG]http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/news/images/felt_tk2_08_hi.jpg[IMG]
    Mounts for front brakes?

    Y/N


    EDIT- I fail at reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProFail View Post

    Anyway, I have a budget of ~$1,200.

    Any other suggestions?
    Don't call $1,200 inexpensive?

    This isn't the roadie forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    Don't call $1,200 inexpensive?

    This isn't the roadie forum
    It just ocured to me that there's few parts on a track bike.

    Let's call it "inexpensive relative to my taste".

    Not that I own a bunch of super-expensive bikes.
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    yeah inexpensive trackbikes tend to run $600 or $700. For $1200 you should be able to get something rather nice, but not exotic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattface View Post
    yeah inexpensive trackbikes tend to run $600 or $700. For $1200 you should be able to get something rather nice, but not exotic.
    really? man i must be the cheapest mfer on this forum. inexpensive in my mind is about 2-400. for 6-700, you can find some sweet bikes. for 1200, you can really find some sweet bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlin View Post
    really? man i must be the cheapest mfer on this forum. inexpensive in my mind is about 2-400. for 6-700, you can find some sweet bikes. for 1200, you can really find some sweet bikes.
    Word to that!
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    $1,200 for "to fart around town when its rainy"

    Get something from bikesdirect and give me the rest of the money so I can buy a bike to do more then riding around town when its rainy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aarocycle View Post
    Word to that!
    <----Plans on ordering a Mercier kilo tt this week.
    let me know how that goes. i think you might have a hard time.

    EDIT: i just looked and HOLY SH.IT THERE ARE IN STOCK!!!!!!!
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    just get a kilo tt
    http://velospace.org/node/5540

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    If you're riding on the road ... why do you want track geometry again?
    Do you know what forum you are in? Like... do you understand how this works?

    Maybe I just refuse to come to terms with the fact that there is something fundamental to riding a fixed gear that means you have to try to **** on everyone else.


    anyways


    If you are serious about getting a bike for bad weather I encourage you to look for frames that have fender mounts, unfortunately most track frames dont have these. I suggest, if you want a real all weather bike, look at the tricross singlespeed (its flip flop rear) the bianchi san jose, the steam roller, and bikes closer to those in application. These bikes have a lot more features that work for adverse conditions, specifically fender mounts and (excluding the steam roller) cantilever brake mounts for better clearance for fenders.

    if your set on a track bike, then find whichever suits your fancy, I like the trek t1 a lot, as well as the felt, and pista concepts. Also the raleigh rush hour pro is an alright bike. All of these are around your price point and real track bikes.
    Last edited by Pfutz; 03-22-08 at 12:09 AM.

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    "Rainy" called for fat tires, fenders, and waterproof panniers in my book, but maybe the OP is on to something... I'll try some threadless 23s, a single brake, and some tapeless bars next time it pours.

    Note to Self: Load up on pintos prior to storm for the "fart around".

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    If you're riding on the road ... why do you want track geometry again?
    do you ride only conversions?

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    Apparently the OP is very generous with his soup.

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    build one duder. thrift it up for an old 10 speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
    Becuase it's different, and in some ways, more comfortable.
    How do you find track geometry more comfortable than road geometry when riding on the road?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    How do you find track geometry more comfortable than road geometry when riding on the road?
    Some people are built incredibly awkwardly, like myself. I dont see much difference in comfort from a track to road frame.

    If you're up to the choice, you could build a very nice bike for 1200, I would suggest something like this:

    Bareknuckle frame/fork
    Chris King headset
    Sugino 75's w/ bottom bracket and chainring
    Formulas to Open-Pros
    A nice dura ace cog and lockring
    bars of choice, my call would be some nice nitto drops
    threadless stem of choice
    seatpost and saddle of choice
    parts bin front brake and bmx lever
    find a nice Izumi or other reliable chain,

    and you are gold.
    That might total to a little over 1200, though you would be close, especially if you shopped around a bit and/or used some parts you might happen to have.

    Edit: If you think the langster is quick, ride something tighter and more track ish and you will realize that langster is a boat. I cant say I could recommend a Langster, especially not for close to a grand. You can do much much better.
    xoxo David
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    katana's out frank! always be ready.
    <edited>

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    No, milk is not $15 a carton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake916 View Post
    No, milk is not $15 a carton.
    ...?
    xoxo David
    Quote Originally Posted by metaljim View Post
    katana's out frank! always be ready.
    <edited>

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankstoneline View Post
    ...?
    Inexpensive fixed gear @ $1200.
    Inexpensive milk @ $15

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    Quote Originally Posted by mastershake916 View Post
    Inexpensive fixed gear @ $1200.
    Inexpensive milk @ $15
    ah ok, I thought you were relating that to the cost of the build i posted, and I was thinking "I'm buying parts at the wrong places..."
    xoxo David
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    katana's out frank! always be ready.
    <edited>

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