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    What do you guys think of this bike?

    Hello all!
    I've been reading the forums for a bit now, just signed up a month ago or so. i have a Bianchi geared bike, and am looking for another bike. But since looking at the forums single speeds and fixed gear have started to get my interest. you guys say their simple which makes sense, builds good leg strength, and is good for winter because of the simplicity of it. Well i've started looking around and found something i like on craigslist just thought i'd post it here and get some thoughts on the bike if its a good starter bike for single speed/fixie

    http://cosprings.craigslist.org/bik/863182116.html


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    wow, that's expensive...

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    is it? for that bike you think it is?

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    For $350 you can put together a much better bike. That is very expensive even if the Vintage frame is "flawless". If you look hard enough you can probably find one just like it at a garage sale/thrift shop.

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    yeah for 350 the frame should be 531 with campy dropouts or better. I dont know what the market is like there but i think a conversion should be no more then 250

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    Quote Originally Posted by edw View Post
    yeah for 350 the frame should be 531 with campy dropouts or better. I dont know what the market is like there but i think a conversion should be no more then 250
    you guys really don't know what you are talking about.
    Last edited by jodypolk; 10-06-08 at 05:09 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I did hit a few cars with this bike, but the fairing never broke. It's stronger than a helmet.(They made incursions into the bike lane. I could've used my brakes, but hey, what are bumpers for?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealNicola View Post
    Hello all!
    I've been reading the forums for a bit now, just signed up a month ago or so. i have a Bianchi geared bike, and am looking for another bike. But since looking at the forums single speeds and fixed gear have started to get my interest. you guys say their simple which makes sense, builds good leg strength, and is good for winter because of the simplicity of it. Well i've started looking around and found something i like on craigslist just thought i'd post it here and get some thoughts on the bike if its a good starter bike for single speed/fixie

    http://cosprings.craigslist.org/bik/863182116.html

    Ive sold many, many, many, conversions for $300.00-$400.00, and unless one gets the frame for free its a fair price I usually pay around $100.00 for a decent frame/bike (like the one your looking at) and around $200.00/$250.00 for a set of cheap-er flip flop wheels, and thats not counting tires, tubes, and the work! So yeah, I think its a fair price (but Id still offer $300.00! )
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    There's all kinds of levels of bianchis... Italian, Japanese, Taiwan, etc. You really have no idea what you're buying. Might be a 27" wheel up front. He makes no mention of components, so you have to assume everything's the crappiest possible.

    If you follow the link, he's selling 'Vintage bikes for hipsters.' That alone would make me not buy.
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    it sounds like a jet engine behind you supposively

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    or you could ask what model/tubing it is, and end up with a fantastic deal on a specialissima or something (actually kinda looks like it in those ****ty photos).

    dude might still have the parts he ripped off of it too, in case you want to unconvert it.
    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I did hit a few cars with this bike, but the fairing never broke. It's stronger than a helmet.(They made incursions into the bike lane. I could've used my brakes, but hey, what are bumpers for?)

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    decal placement's pretty right on.



    Last edited by jodypolk; 10-06-08 at 10:36 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I did hit a few cars with this bike, but the fairing never broke. It's stronger than a helmet.(They made incursions into the bike lane. I could've used my brakes, but hey, what are bumpers for?)

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    Ive sold many, many, many, conversions for $300.00-$400.00, and unless one gets the frame for free its a fair price I usually pay around $100.00 for a decent frame/bike (like the one your looking at) and around $200.00/$250.00 for a set of cheap-er flip flop wheels, and thats not counting tires, tubes, and the work! So yeah, I think its a fair price (but Id still offer $300.00! )
    Ya definately was gonna offer less. I'm gonna go take a look at it today.


    If you follow the link, he's selling 'Vintage bikes for hipsters.' That alone would make me not buy.
    i agree. i'm turned off by that lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneaky viking View Post
    If you follow the link, he's selling 'Vintage bikes for hipsters.' That alone would make me not buy.
    but...but...but...

    Hipsters love cool old bikes. Well, that's not the only definition of hipster - after all, by that definition, Joey is a hipster, which he probably isn't - but it's one definition.

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    ^^^

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    gotta go to the velodrome dude--- you must understand what a track bike is--and what a road bike is to understand 'conversion"--- that bike looks fine, price is high though -- but study more about vintage steel and geometry----

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    Quote Originally Posted by G piny parnas View Post
    gotta go to the velodrome dude--- you must understand what a track bike is--and what a road bike is to understand 'conversion"--- that bike looks fine, price is high though -- but study more about vintage steel and geometry----
    what?

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    ^^ more dumb advice.
    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    I did hit a few cars with this bike, but the fairing never broke. It's stronger than a helmet.(They made incursions into the bike lane. I could've used my brakes, but hey, what are bumpers for?)

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    that looks like a decently done conversion, and converting a bike yourself gets expensive quick. They are black holes for money, you'll want to keep upgrading stuff. The only thing that gives me pause looking at that bike is the bar angle and brake lever positions. Seems like a guy who works on bikes for a living would set that up correctly.

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