ok ok, i know it's been asked before and i've done my fair share of searching the web, but when it all boils down to it, it seems like people on the forums know best.
ok, so i started off thinking i was going to get an entry level single speed. then i talked myself into spending more. i am thinking about building one from scatch. i've played around on iro's website and have almost pressed purchase, but i wanted to get other's opinions on what i want and what would be good for me.
i live in new york city, i will hit some pot holes. i'm 6'3" 215 lbs. i like a little give, so steel frame is a must. as far as frame geometry i had a really awesome used bike that had the perfect geometry. it was the raleigh olympian. i'm trying to get something as close to that as possible b/c it was such a nice ride for me. here's a pic:
thanks for your time. and thanks in advance for your opinions and thoughts!!!
If I were you I would hold off buying one new and just build one up off of Craig's list. You can get a old frame in your size with relative ease of NYC Craig's list. Just make sure the headset and BB are still in place to make the build easy and fast. Order some wheels online if the old ones don't cut it. Keep a tab before you go crazy on the build as it can quickly add up to more than you would pay for a new bike.
I think most bike shops in NYC really suck, but brooklyn has a bunch for fixed as well as: