Before we get to far, I am sorry. I have searched and read a ton of different posts in hopes of making a proper choice.
I had pretty much decided to start down the fixed path with a BD bike. But then somebody posted a bike locally on craigslist.
It seems to be a pretty nice bike, but I want to ask people who know something first.
So is is this worth choosing over the various BD setups? If nothing else, it seemed to me like a quick fix for my desire to get a fixed gear bike and at least a decent starting point towards figuring out what i really want.
Frame: Steel 58cm.
Fork: Steel (BCAmerica he said. Im not looking for ultra light, just something to ride to get in shape)
Crankset: 42T Shimano Ultegra 170mm
Rear Sprocket: 16T Freewheel
Bottom Bracket: Shimano 105
Brakes: Campagnolo Veloce with bar end levers
Stem: Dimension 70-130 degree Adj. road stem
If it is worth considering, how much should i be willing to pony up?
What kind of frame is it?
He said it was a BSAmerica. I looked them up. I didnt find much other than they were made in PA and that they went tits up rather quickly.
Originally Posted by slloth
More specifically, this is what it looks like.
It's not worth choosing over the BD bikes. It's a converted road bike.
Though the components aren't top of the line, BD provides you with a proper track bike.
Not to mention, if you do decide on your "dream bike" down the line, any BD track bike will have more re-sale value than that conversion.
Hard to get into fixed gear riding when the bike you are considerin' isn't fixed.... just sayin'
Not a fixed gear dude.
Originally Posted by bkwentz
Even if it were, a BD fixed gear would be the better choice.
So tragically hip.
I can vouch for the Windsor Clockwork being a kick ass bike, but I use foam pipe insulation as a top tube pad, so I don't think my opinion is completely valid.
Originally Posted by johnnytheboy
I'd take a conversion over a Bikes Direct bike, any day. However, the geometry on that one does not look very suited being a fixed gear.