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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 08-17-08, 09:02 AM   #1
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Need help to build a fixie in NYC, will pay

Hi,

I commute in NYC by my a road bike now. So far I have a lot of fun from it.

I am thinking to switch to a used/old looking fixed gear because
1. I can also ride in rainy days and in winter since stopping a roadie is quite difficult when it is wet.
2. fixie is easy/simple to maintain
3. My road bike cost me $1400+ so far and it is only 1 year old. And I pay $50/month to park my road bike to an indoor garage. I think an old looking fixie attracts less thief. It will save me the parking fee.

In NYC craigslist, I found that used fixies easily cost $600+. which is too much for me.

So I am wondering if anyone can help me to build a fixie. Of course, I'll pay for the service.

So here is the requirement:
Frame size: 50-52 cm, better look old (not to attract thief), but need a quality one, since my commute is 30 miles/day. Frame better be steel or cro-mo.
Need Fender, or need to have enough clearing to install fender.
Need front brake.
Gear Ration TBD.

BTW, BD has windsor the hour for $299.95.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm

I hope to control the cost to similar price range, but I would expect the frame quality to be a little better (since I am looking for a used/old looking frame).

If you can help me, can you send me the cost to m4jyh@yahoo.com? Or

Thanks!

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Old 08-17-08, 09:41 AM   #2
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I think an old looking fixie attracts less thief.
thieves don't really discriminate in NYC. given the opportunity, they would steal a rusted out huffy.. but less parts to steal
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When you said "Will pay"... does it mean you'll pay the person that's going to help you? Or pay for the parts to build the bike?
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When you said "Will pay"... does it mean you'll pay the person that's going to help you? Or pay for the parts to build the bike?
I would hope both.
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Sure I'll pay both.

Please send cost estimate to m4jyh@yahoo.com

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Old 08-17-08, 08:24 PM   #6
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BTW, BD has windsor the hour for $299.95.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm

I hope to control the cost to similar price range, but I would expect the frame quality to be a little better (since I am looking for a used/old looking frame). The make of frame better be steel or cro-mo.
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Old 08-17-08, 08:59 PM   #7
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BTW, BD has windsor the hour for $299.95.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm

I hope to control the cost to similar price range, but I would expect the frame quality to be a little better (since I am looking for a used/old looking frame). The make of frame better be steel or cro-mo.
I seriously doubt you are going to build a decent bike for less than that.
You should buy that bike and upgrade as necessary?
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Old 08-17-08, 11:10 PM   #8
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BTW, BD has windsor the hour for $299.95.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm

I hope to control the cost to similar price range, but I would expect the frame quality to be a little better (since I am looking for a used/old looking frame). The make of frame better be steel or cro-mo.
I was actually thinking of this exact same bike when I read your post.

The thing is, it's hard to find an "awesome" deal on a frame on CL and when you do get it, its usually a little weathered and beaten. And unless you go to a place like "The Bike Kitchen," where there are surplus parts you can scrounge up, chances are your bike will cost more than $299.95. I say get the Windsor, wrap it in electrical/duct tape to give it a crappy look, and just ride it.

This is not to discourage you from building... Just my two cents.
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Hi,

I commute in NYC by my a road bike now. So far I have a lot of fun from it.

I am thinking to switch to a used/old looking fixed gear because
1. I can also ride in rainy days and in winter since stopping a roadie is quite difficult when it is wet.
Your road bike needs some brake adjustment/diff. pads.

A brakeless fixed wheel bike provides very little stopping power. (I know some of you are skid-masters, but overall, a bad set of brakes will stop you just as fast (probably fster) than trying to use backpressure).
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www.bikeslug.com - single speeds for $100

or PM me for a nice single speed in your size for a bit more $$$.
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Old 08-18-08, 04:34 PM   #11
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Your road bike needs some brake adjustment/diff. pads.

A brakeless fixed wheel bike provides very little stopping power. (I know some of you are skid-masters, but overall, a bad set of brakes will stop you just as fast (probably fster) than trying to use backpressure).
you should re-read the part under his "requirements" where he says he wants a front brake on his fixed gear conversion.
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Old 08-18-08, 04:38 PM   #12
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That BikeSlug has a pretty far out business model.
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try to find a good deal on a decent 80s (maybe japanese) steel bike. if you're lucky you'll get one for 150 - 200 from CL or eBay. but i bet the cost of additional parts (rear track hub, cog, lockring etc) and the cost of paying for the time/effort of conversion will still put you above 300. good luck.
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The make of frame better be steel or cro-mo...
... or i will f*** you up.

lol... i love eurotalk.
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www.bikeslug.com - single speeds for $100

or PM me for a nice single speed in your size for a bit more $$$.
That's pretty sweet
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