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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 08-11-08, 07:21 AM   #1
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With which bike do I part?

I am going to be purchasing my first roadbike shortly. Seeing as I already have 3 other bikes, "the boss" is making me lose one of them. I have a GF mountain bike, a 2005 Binchi Pista and a 07 IRO SE. I should probably part ways with one of my fixed gears, but I can't decide which one. Its like back in high school when you dated two chicks at once and they oth found out about each other and you had to choose one.

I made significant mods to both. The Pista has velocity deep V's, bullhorns, a TT brake lever, 105 front brake, brooks saddle----its my "main bike"---i probably put 100 miles on it a week. The IRO I love because aside from the headseat and BB, I assembled the rest of the bike myself and have to purchase one piece each month. The IRO has velocity aeros, pista drop bars, a Brooks special saddle, sugino xd cranks. The Pista is a tad big for my liking, but the IRO is a tad small. I have the IRO geared lower and use it for commuting. I have toyed with the idea of putting thicker tires on the IRO and a mustasche bar and fenders and using it kinda as a cross/pea graval/fire road steed.

In short, I have emotional attachments to both bikes. The Pista has been my constant companion for 3 years and has endured 2 metric centuries and regular use. The IRO is my "baby"--its my leisurly ride, tool around town, go out with the girlfriend bike. Aside from the paint chipping whenever I look at it, i love it because I waited so long for all the parts to arrive and spent a good deal of time putting it together.

So which one to sell/trade? I am facing an existential crisis here!

If it matters, the new roadbike will be mostly for long weekend rides/charity events/group rides.

Please help!
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Old 08-11-08, 07:56 AM   #2
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i say stick with the PISTA. sounds like you have a lot of history on it and ride it a lot harder than the iro. if you're getting a road bike for leisurely weekends, it'll essentially replace the iro.
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Old 08-11-08, 08:03 AM   #3
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I vote keeping the Pista as well.
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If I jettision the IRO, I probably will want to strip the parts and just try and offload the frame. It has handmade Velocity areos laced to silver formula high flanged hubs, a nice cane creek headset, pista drop bars, nice sugino crankset.----I like this bike because it just rides SOOOO smooth.---although

I don't know how much I could get for just the frame though
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Talk to me if you sell that frame broseph
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solution: quit being a little b1tch. your money, your bikes-- keep them all. tell "the boss" to eat a dick.

ed-- better solution: sell both of the crappy fg and buy one decent fg. this way you both win.
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Old 08-11-08, 08:58 AM   #7
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How do you even know what size it is?

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solution: quit being a little b1tch. your money, your bikes-- keep them all. tell "the boss" to eat a dick.

ed-- better solution: sell both of the crappy fg and buy one decent fg. this way you both win.
Nice to see that you're still an idiot.
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And to SB, I'd save the Pista on size alone. I've always found that it's more comfortable to ride a bike that's a shade big, rather than a bike that's a shade small.

A good solution is to sell the IRO to a friend who will treat it well. Then you get to watch it evolve.
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How do you even know what size it is?



Nice to see that you're still an idiot.

I don't know what size it is. Hence the talk to me part.
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combine your FG's with your favorite parts of both bikes, sell what you got left as the "other" bike
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sell the mountain bike. you didnt bother to tell us anything about it so it cant be that special.
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