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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 08-20-08, 11:08 AM   #1
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JC Penny bike

A local everything shop has a JC Penny bike he said I could have for $10.

I have looked around the site a little and the JCP bikes do not have much of a review. But how would this do as a SS/Fixie? Looking for a decent bike to play on/with and learn.

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Old 08-20-08, 12:23 PM   #2
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Generally they sold cheap bikes, some of them could be nice but not as a light road bike, maybe as a townie.
If you want a "decent" bike to mess around with, then this probably wouldn't be it, but if it's close to rolling, it might be cool to grab it.
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Old 08-20-08, 12:42 PM   #3
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you could get 10x the bike for 3x the money. those department store bikes typically sucked
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Old 08-20-08, 12:44 PM   #4
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pics?
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I don't know, $10 is an awfully huge investment.
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i bet it's the black one with gold trim and fenders, right? if so, try to pick it up.
now imagine yourself actually riding it.

in other words, don't. your ten dollars can be better spent elsewhere.
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Old 08-20-08, 02:43 PM   #7
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i bet it's the black one with gold trim and fenders, right? if so, try to pick it up.
now imagine yourself actually riding it.

in other words, don't. your ten dollars can be better spent elsewhere.
If it's a bike that actually rides, how is it not worth $10? Black with gold trim...I'd say it's worth at least $15.
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Old 08-20-08, 03:36 PM   #8
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$10? that's a 6 pack of Magic Hat!
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Old 08-21-08, 05:55 PM   #9
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Attached is a picture of the bike I took with my phone on my way home from work tonight.

Yes - my town is small enough that the shop owner just leaves it out front of the store.
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Good lord.
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I don't think it has anything to do with the size of your town as to why it is just sitting out front.
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Old 08-22-08, 05:27 AM   #12
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holy jesus! frames that have the drop outs that are slid inside the seat stays and chain stays, then crimped in there with a small amount of what im guessing they acually use is sodder is SWEET
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I would feel confident leaving that bike outside anywhere. Don't waste any money on a lock.

There are so many things that would make that bike suck for a fixed gear conversion. For one, you would be stuck using whatever chainring is on the front as the crankshaft is a one piece. Other then that you would have to replace everything on that bike and still have a piece of crap due to the cheap dept. store steel frame.
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I still say it's worth $10.
As a kid, I could afford beautiful shiney new bikes...I rode anything I could get my hands on and did my best to ignore wise-***** comments from others.

KYHOKIE --I'LL TELL YA WHAT !!! - Buy the bike and I will send you a $10 check...all I ask is that you enjoy riding it and say "funk you" to anyone that makes a negative comment about it!
(I honestly mean this!)
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holy jesus! frames that have the drop outs that are slid inside the seat stays and chain stays, then crimped in there with a small amount of what im guessing they acually use is sodder is SWEET
worst sentence ever.

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all I ask is that you enjoy riding it
uh... did you happen to see the bike?
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Old 08-22-08, 10:12 AM   #16
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KYHOKIE --I'LL TELL YA WHAT !!! - Buy the bike and I will send you a $10 check...all I ask is that you enjoy riding it and say "funk you" to anyone that makes a negative comment about it!
(I honestly mean this!)
Thanks man; but, if this bike won't make a good fixed gear - I'm not too interested.

He also has a Ross Blackwidow - I haven't seen it in person - he tells me is was a great bike at one point. I can't find any info on that bike either.
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Old 08-22-08, 10:25 AM   #17
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i'd ride that if they paid me $10.
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I pass on those bikes with the exception of my lock-up bike, which is a stamped dept store MTB that I put slicks on and did a half ass SS conversion because the gearing wasn't really usefull. I lock it up with an NY mini and a cable for the wheels. No joke.

Last year a had a newish dept mtb that I got at a garage sale stolen. It was locked with an onguard beast for an overnight in Lincoln Park.

Now I'm confident that my bike will be there when I need it. If a bike spends more time locked up than on the road, it doesn't need to be a nice ride.
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He also has a Ross Blackwidow - I haven't seen it in person - he tells me is was a great bike at one point. I can't find any info on that bike either.
http://nashville.craigslist.org/bik/798080375.html
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I still say it's worth $10.
As a kid, I could afford beautiful shiney new bikes...I rode anything I could get my hands on and did my best to ignore wise-***** comments from others.

KYHOKIE --I'LL TELL YA WHAT !!! - Buy the bike and I will send you a $10 check...all I ask is that you enjoy riding it and say "funk you" to anyone that makes a negative comment about it!
(I honestly mean this!)
CORRECTION...as a kid I could NOT afford new bikes, etc...
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Old 08-22-08, 12:40 PM   #21
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uhhhh.....I REALLY hope this is not what he was referring to.
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uh... did you happen to see the bike?


Yes, I have seen it. I have also seen much worse. Nothing a lil bit of elbow grease and a wrench couldn't fix.
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OK - I'll give up, I obviously have some deep rooted feeling for this bike...are there any therapists on this site? : )
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buy it. imo, 10 bucks for a bike that works is definitely worth it.

it may not be pretty, but as long as everything is in working order or fixable, you've got yourself a spare bike in case your current whip has some down-time, or a loaner bike for friends.

or buy it and love/abuse it as a polo bike.
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For one, you would be stuck using whatever chainring is on the front as the crankshaft is a one piece.
Not true, they make conversions. Look up Amercian to Euro bottom bracket conversion.
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