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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 07-21-08, 03:44 PM   #1
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Hi, i'm new to this whole fixed gear community. I've never had a "fixed gear" bike before, and I really want to have one. I'm looking for a cheap bike to start off with and found this bike on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/58cm-Track-Fixed...QQcmdZViewItem

I don't know what size to get though. I'm a girl, and my height is around 5'7 or 5'8

Does anyone reccomend any good wheels and rims?

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Old 07-21-08, 03:46 PM   #2
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i'm not 100% sure of the legitimacy of this poster.
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Old 07-21-08, 03:47 PM   #3
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huh?
i'm confused, haha.
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Old 07-21-08, 04:30 PM   #4
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anybody? i really need some help.
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Old 07-21-08, 05:41 PM   #5
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don't get that. get a pista concept with cut down mtb bars and carbon racing wheels.
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don't get that. get a pista concept with cut down mtb bars and carbon racing wheels.
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Starting out?

Mercier Kilo TT
Windsor The Hour
Bianchi Pista

Your size should be around a 53-55cm. Go to a local bike shop and test ride.
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Old 07-21-08, 06:53 PM   #8
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thanks you guys. luckily, before you guys posted anything, my neighbor offered me a 2007 bianchi pista for only $150 !
thanks for your help. i'll post pictures of it soon.

what rims should i get? he also offered selling an aerospoke to me for $100. i don't know what to put in the rear though. what kind of bars should i get? bull horns or what. does anybody know of any good ones? thankss
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Old 07-21-08, 06:58 PM   #9
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I just started riding too, but I'd stay away from the 'no name' bike. With 'no name' components.

I suggest checking out the fixed gear resource thread if you haven't already and read read read.

EDIT (after OP reposted): Whoa! Lucky You! Before you go shopping for parts, you should know each parts intended purpose. Then you build up your bike based on what's comfortable to ride with. The bars, for instance, depend on how you ride. Do your ride with your hands in the drops (on drop bars) or on the flats (the top part). I almost never ride in the drops, so I have bullhorns. Others have risers. And mustache bars. And aeros (now I'm kinda straying from fixed-specific bars, but you get the idea).

There's so much to know and so many ways to go. So, grab a beer and a comfortable chair and do some research. It's a long road.

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i smell something fishy. neighbor giving up pista for 150 and aerospoke for 100? get outta town!
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lol. well i've known the guy since kindergarten, and he's a really close guy friend. haha.
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i smell something fishy. neighbor giving up pista for 150 and aerospoke for 100? get outta town!
i kinda thought so too, but i'm not going to be the naysayer. some of us are just super fortuitous.
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