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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 01-28-09, 01:09 AM   #1
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need some thoughts...

Hello,

This is my first post. I usually just browse, but i may need some thoughts. I came across a website that lets you build your own fixie. I should say customize. For $350 you can get a fixed gear with a flip flop hub. You can customize the colors of your wheel set, chain, frame, seat, handlebars. It seems like a legit thing. And if you are looking to get into riding fixed, this seems pretty cheap.

Here is the link:
http://www.republicbike.com/


What do you think?
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Old 01-28-09, 01:30 AM   #2
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Depends. Do you want a decent bike? That thing will be a little heavier than other bikes because it is High-Ten steel. The cranks are decent but the rest of the components are generic something or others.

I would point you towards bikesdirect for a cheap fixed gear of better quality.
http://bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm

You cant customize but you will have a better bike.
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Old 01-28-09, 07:07 AM   #3
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I agree with SpaceFace. There was another thread about this yesterday or so -- the thing to stay away from with inexpensive frames is high-tensile steel construction. They're excessively heavy
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Old 01-28-09, 08:34 AM   #4
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Agreed. And when virtually none of the components seem to have a brand...

It reminds me of the SE Draft, which one of my roommates has and it a total junker.

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Old 01-28-09, 08:44 AM   #5
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ehh, i think they would be ok for light use. if you are just looking to get into riding fixed, and dont expect to do too many miles, i think this would be a pretty good deal.

i personally prefer all my bikes to have drop bars though, which doesnt seem to be on option on these bikes...
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Old 01-28-09, 08:51 AM   #6
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there was just a thread about this.
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