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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, 11:22 PM   #1
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Hey guys, can anyone help me?

Hey all! So I have a slight dilemma. I just recently got into cycling about a month and a half ago(I purchased a Giant OCR2 and have been riding it every other day.) The problem is, I need a bike for school and I don't think it's a good idea for my to bring my Giant to school. I'm interested in getting a fixed gear for transportation on campus and for a nice break from the road bike. I have heard some super things about the Kilo TT but it seems like it's sold out everywhere. I would love to just buy a frame and build it up myself but I honestly have NO knowledge whatsoever regarding building bikes. I'm afraid I would destroy the bike. Does anyone know a guide for building a bike from the frame and fork? Or could anyone recommend a book? Right now I am looking at a $400 limit on my fixed gear.

I saw the Windsor on Bikes Direct, but building it at home makes me a little weary. I would love to go for a pake frame and build up something myself but like I said, I honestly have no clue what I am doing. Could someone recommend a website or a bike for me to look at within the 400 range? Thanks much!
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Old 07-21-08, 11:52 PM   #2
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Where are you going to school at? There might be a bike coop near by that can help you build up your bike.
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Old 07-22-08, 12:24 PM   #4
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Hey guys, thanks for the responses. I was originally going to buy the pake track frame and fork, and build up around it. But after reading some stuff, it looks like you need a lot of special tools, and I could probably screw up the frame by accident if I mess something up. My nearest bicycle coop is in LA at the Bicycle Kitchen...Looks like great place but it's super far from me. I live in Riverside, CA. So does anyone have any suggestions for an under $400 fixie that I can buy...I know I probably will have to upgrade...but I just need something for now to get around. Thanks!
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm
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the windsor "the hour" is a nice start up fixie bike, or check out mr shelton brown guide on how to build up and convert into fixie bikes. GOOD LUCK
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Great, Yeah I think I'm going to go for the Windsor The Hour, Is there anything I should go ahead and upgrade immediately on the bike? Also, I'm 5'11 and I ride the L Giant OCR2, would I get the 56 or 58? One last question! How are is setting up the bike out of box, I don't want to mess anything up. Thanks much!
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sheldon brown's guide is an awesome resource
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Hmm, would it be better for me to wait for the 56 Mercier Kilo TT to come in or should I just pull the trigger on the 56 Windsor?
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well i'd go test ride some road bikes with 56-58 frames just to make sure which one fits better before you commit to buying a bike
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can't go wrong with any of these bikes. they are your best bet and they are the best deal.
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can't go wrong with any of these bikes. they are your best bet and they are the best deal.
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Okay, I'm about the bite the bullet and buy the Windsor the Hour...but I just thought about something...Is it really difficult to use a fixie on school campuses(Crowds of people, etc.)? That is my main purpose for this bike + just some cruising. My campus is a pretty crowded campus, so I will probably put on a brake(I will post again when I need help with that) but for on campus...would a fixed gear be a good idea, or would something else be better for under 400?
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Okay, I'm about the bite the bullet and buy the Windsor the Hour...but I just thought about something...Is it really difficult to use a fixie on school campuses(Crowds of people, etc.)? That is my main purpose for this bike + just some cruising. My campus is a pretty crowded campus, so I will probably put on a brake(I will post again when I need help with that) but for on campus...would a fixed gear be a good idea, or would something else be better for under 400?
add a freewheel cog to the other side of the hub, and you can flip between the two. Add a front brake as well, until you get comfortable with fixed. Once you get comfortable with fixed, take the brake off and be hardcore like the rest of us.
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Would this be the right freewheel cog? I should get the 16 tooth right?
http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...slisearch=true

I'm getting the Windsor hour btw.

Also for the brakes I was looking at this. Would this suffice?
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1085
Also...how hard would it be to install both of these? Thanksmuch!
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I guess I could go the other route and purchase the Dawes SST since it has freewheel and brakes already. What do you guys think of the Dawes?
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