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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 04-17-08, 06:21 PM   #1
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Good deal a a wheel set?

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/645856712.html

I am looking to build up a single speed for myself. I'm pretty new to the quality aspect of building a bike. You're input would help.
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Old 04-17-08, 06:28 PM   #2
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If you're not planning on ever running them fixed, I might contact that guy. I think $75 is a little much though, see if you can talk him down.
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Old 04-17-08, 06:34 PM   #3
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I don't even think $75 is high... if you're positive you'll never want to run it fixed.
that wheelset is a perfect way to try a ss conversion without dropping a ton of money into it. if you enjoy it, resell the wheels on craigslist and buy some nicer ones.
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Old 04-17-08, 06:42 PM   #4
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I'd probably try to "view them" and do spin 'em to check out trueness/roundness... to me "Symphony" reads "I beat the hell out of these wheels." And maybe shimmy the spindle a little and see how beat up the bearings are (I'm guessing they use cartridge bearings, but I have no basis for that... anybody?)

If they weren't gently used, I might try to bargain a bit.
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yeah, i have a mavic cxp 22 fixed wheel set right now, but they're on a beater, and i want to build a new fixed and put this set on my beater. also, do you see those as white or just silver with some sort of effect by the camera?
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Hmm..
Alex does make white rims, and those definitely look white to me.
I'm pretty sure the 08 pistas come with silver rims though.. two of my friends have them.
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"Symphony" reads "I beat the hell out of these wheels."
symphony is the subway stop. if you knew that though, then i would like to know what you are getting at. thanks for the input. i didn't even think about looking at them for some reason. absent minded i guess.
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yes, I'm aware... I was a messenger and cab driver in Boston.

Symphony could mean the part of the South End right behind the Colonnade, or more likely, it means the Fens... and Fens + Bianchi Pista sounds like a college student playing around with a fixed gear in an ungentle way (a theory that would seem to be supported by the stripped lockring). Even if it's not a college student, fixed gear plus Fens still sounds like they may have taken a beating.
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yes, I'm aware... I was a messenger and cab driver in Boston.

Symphony could mean the part of the South End right behind the Colonnade, or more likely, it means the Fens... and Fens + Bianchi Pista sounds like a college student playing around with a fixed gear in an ungentle way (a theory that would seem to be supported by the stripped lockring). Even if it's not a college student, fixed gear plus Fens still sounds like they may have taken a beating.
awesome then. thanks for the heads up.
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always haggle
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