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    from conversion to street-track

    I love riding my fixed gear conversion. But after riding my friends NEW bike today ("Windsor- The Hour"), I am wanting to get a brand new track bike with nice hubs designed for the fixed gear enthusiast that rides around the city.

    My reasons for wanting to upgrade from my old conversion to a newer track/road bike are:
    1) The chromoly steel is much lighter than my raleigh which is from the late 70's to early 80's
    2) tighter frame geometry
    3) the front hub spins for minutes longer than the one on my conversion

    With that said, my questions are:

    1) what are the benefits and or drawbacks to switching from a homemade conversion to a new track/road frame with nice hubs?

    2) which modern track frames do you like? I've looked at the Surly Steamroller and the Pake Track bike.

    3) are there any other huge factors that could benefit my performance other than a lighter frame and really nice hubs? My friends Windsor bike was much easier to drive than my conversion, I assumed this was mostly because of the lighter frame weight, and awesome hubs.

    Thanx in advance!!!

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    good god. please search.

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    get a kilo tt and next time you have a question search for it instead of posting a new thread.

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    oh be nice...

    without knowing more about your Raleigh it's difficult to say, nice older roadbikes can make excellent conversions... lighter wheels/better hubs can make a huge difference. If your Raleigh is a cheap model, perhaps an upgrade would be in order...

    I'm not familiar with the recent entry-level fixed gear options: people seem passionate about their steamrollers, and Kilo TTs look to be nice frames for the money.

    Even if the Raleigh isn't superlight, if it's a higher-end model you might be better off looking into parts upgrades... wheels may make the most noticeable difference.

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    This place has really taken a hit lately.
    "once you go tarck, you never go barck"

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    dat hub go woooooooosh

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    straight up zoooooooooooom
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    I love driving my bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridingsu View Post
    3) the front hub spins for minutes longer than the one on my conversion
    Have you ever repacked the front hub?
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
    A group for all Dawes Galaxy owners to give and recieve information about them
    http://flickr.com/groups/dawes_galaxy/

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    You liked you friends Windsor right? Just buy that. Maybe in a different color so you guys don't look too dumb riding around together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinydr View Post
    oh be nice...

    Even if the Raleigh isn't superlight, if it's a higher-end model you might be better off looking into parts upgrades... wheels may make the most noticeable difference.
    Yes. I recently picked up some sun M13 rims laced to formula hubs and my ol' Trek is riding like she never has before.

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    Somebody Stole My Bike And The Hubs Are Cheap Will Phil Woods My Make Straps Tighter..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 666pack View Post
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    Weather's getting nice, lots of people want to get into biking. Should we start recommending high-end stuff for people to buy so that once they decide they're bored of biking (read: once it starts getting REALLY warm), they'll sell it to us for cheap?

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    Now that's a good idea gharding!

    OP, please get a really nice new NJS track bike with no dents or scratches... but remember I was reasonably pleasant and tried to be helpful when you get tired of it and want to make space in your garage. Oh, and take good care of it...

    Really though, in the amount of time you whiny jerks wasted posting your pissant complaints, you could've been helpful instead. Yes they're newb questions, but we were all newbs at some point.

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    some newbs bother to research what they're into instead of expecting info to be handed to them
    catchin hymies stabbin police


    tarck bike dot com

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    I find it slightly annying to get thanked in advance. It basically means "I dont feel like thanking you later".

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    Quote Originally Posted by mander View Post
    I find it slightly annying to get thanked in advance. It basically means "I dont feel like thanking you later".
    actually, it's a polite way to acknowledge that someone is going to be expending some of their time answering questions...

    Oh No, he asked a few questions, he never asked to have it served to him on a silver platter... yeah he could've found some of his answers by digging in the forums, on the other hand people could provide a few simple answers and point him in the right direction... instead the denizens of this pit do what they always do, waste time talking trash.

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    Pot/ kettle. I don't see anything but trash talk from you in this thread duder. But I don't blame you, i don't feel like answering such vague and badly researched questions either.

    I still dislike thanks in advance.

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    how about scroll up mander, to where I at least attempted to answer the OP's question?

    boohoo, now I'm sad.

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    Point taken.

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    I don't know what you guys are talking about. I buy entire brand-new bicycles just for the hubs all the time.

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    my fixie don stop but my hubz still spinnin

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    dont stop and your hubs wont
    until they explode
    ride until your hubs explode

    thats my exploding hubs haiku
    brbikes

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    I always thought haiku's were 5-7-5 not 6-5-7

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    Quote Originally Posted by VT tallbike View Post
    I always thought haiku's were 5-7-5 not 6-5-7
    yea, they are.
    brbikes

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