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Old 03-13-09, 12:50 AM   #1
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IRO bike as a first fixed/ss?

Hey everyone! Im in Seattle and fairly new to fixed riding, and was offered to buy an fixed/free IRO bicycle from a friend for 450$ I read a bunch of reviews and people seem to be really stoked on them so I was wondering if this is a good bike for someone with little experience? I was hoping to get something a little "dinkier" as my first one until I got really used to it, then maybe upgrade to something like that later on but...dont those usually go for about 700-800$ (according to thier website)? It is very aesthetically pleasing though.

Sorry if there was already a thread on these bikes, I searched around to make sure
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Old 03-13-09, 01:25 AM   #2
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do it. i have one and i couldn't be happier. thats a good deal.
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Old 03-13-09, 01:26 AM   #3
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I'm very fond of my Rob Roy. IRO offers excellent value for the money.
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Old 03-13-09, 01:42 AM   #4
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Yeah from what people have said it sounds like a good deal and everyone seems happy with them. Ive only rode fixed for a couple weeks with a bike off a friend and I wanted to get my own, but I wasnt expecting to find a deal on something of that calibur right away, I was just gonna convert my junky Fuji (which would cost...just as much Im assuming?)
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don't convert, get an Iro. I rode a Mark V for a very long time. I wish I never sold it.
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I bought an Iro mkV for about the same price and couldn't be happier.

IMHO, its easier to buy parts for a newer bike, especially if your new and dont know a whole lot about bikes.

building up the fuji could end up costing more than the IRO and at the end of the day you would still have a "junky fuji".
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I got a Mark V several months ago, and like everyone else here seems to be saying as well, I couldn't be happier with it.
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With a fixed/free bike, there is almost no risk. Even if you find out you hate riding fixed, you'll still have a great single speed.
The one thing to remember is that your friend may have the bike geared differently than you will want it. Count on spending ~$30 changing that in a few weeks. I'm always amazed how different my fixed feels when I change the gearing. Maybe that is obvious, but I was still amazed how much things changed with a slightly different cog.
As always, no bike is worth the price if it doesn't fit.
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I'm very fond of my Rob Roy. IRO offers excellent value for the money.
Me, too.

I've put on to date 6850 miles on mine since last April and I love it dearly, I've not ridden it as SS yet, but as a fixed gear it's working out wonderfully right now as my everything/everywhere bike.
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With a fixed/free bike, there is almost no risk. Even if you find out you hate riding fixed, you'll still have a great single speed.
The one thing to remember is that your friend may have the bike geared differently than you will want it. Count on spending ~$30 changing that in a few weeks. I'm always amazed how different my fixed feels when I change the gearing. Maybe that is obvious, but I was still amazed how much things changed with a slightly different cog.
As always, no bike is worth the price if it doesn't fit.
see if you can get a double fixed hub with a freewheel one of the sides. free/fixed hubs are needlessly more limited in case you want to run two different fixed or free ratios or you thrash the threads.
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With a fixed/free bike, there is almost no risk. Even if you find out you hate riding fixed, you'll still have a great single speed.
The one thing to remember is that your friend may have the bike geared differently than you will want it. Count on spending ~$30 changing that in a few weeks. I'm always amazed how different my fixed feels when I change the gearing. Maybe that is obvious, but I was still amazed how much things changed with a slightly different cog.
As always, no bike is worth the price if it doesn't fit.
Yeah Im pretty sure Im going to have to change that because it was a little harder to ride than the one Im used to. Where I live in Seattle it is super hilly and I think Ill need something a little easier. What are good sizes for steep areas? Should I just kind of trial and error it
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Its definitely two sided, which is good because Im still getting used to it
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Yeah Im pretty sure Im going to have to change that because it was a little harder to ride than the one Im used to. Where I live in Seattle it is super hilly and I think Ill need something a little easier. What are good sizes for steep areas? Should I just kind of trial and error it
I run a 46-17. Arcata's a relatively hilly place and it gets me up every hill in town (except my street!) and isn't too small a gear that I spin out real fast on the flats. Start with a low (easier gear) and work up as you get stronger. And keep a brake (or install one) if you're new to fixed and live in the hills, in spite of what any wannabe track star skeezball (like my buddies) will say.
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So I bought it, and its awesome. thanks for everyones advice on getting it, I couldnt be happier. I think it was totally worth it. Its supposed to have a flip flop hub but the guy told me I couldnt use it because you cant install a back brake because there isnt a hole for it? But I see one? I dont know...any insight on this? Am I just looking at something weird?
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If the frame is drilled for brakes it will also have welded on cable guides along the top tube, but I would guess that once you start riding fixed you'll find it new and fun and you probably won't miss having a freewheel. If you live around hills and have a fixed, you may as well have your freewheel bike be geared anyways. Congrats; have a blast!
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It doesn't have to have cable guides...

you probably won't be leaving fixed anytime soon anyways, its too much fun
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It is defininetly fun, Im pretty stoked on it. I wish I had gotten one a while ago
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great looking bike there man
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Hah they're not that great. The bike is a lot better! Now..if the BIKE had tits...
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That is the Angus and not the Mark V; looks like you got an even better deal.
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That is the Angus and not the Mark V; looks like you got an even better deal.

Yeah I was wondering that. Are you sure it's the Angus? If it is then it couldnt be both fixed/ss (which the guy told me it was...) Im so new to recognizing whats what, Im a total ****** when it comes to this.
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Yeah I was wondering that. Are you sure it's the Angus? If it is then it couldnt be both fixed/ss (which the guy told me it was...) Im so new to recognizing whats what, Im a total ****** when it comes to this.
100% sure. The Angus has the threaded fork/quill stem while the Mark V has a threadless setup. Plus, the Angus isn't drilled in the back for a brake. Made from better steel, too.
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100% sure. The Angus has the threaded fork/quill stem while the Mark V has a threadless setup. Plus, the Angus isn't drilled in the back for a brake. Made from better steel, too.
Im glad I got the Angus for the deal I paid! That awesome. Sorry to ask so many questions, but there is a hole on the top with two holes underneath it on the back on the frame of the bike near the rear tire...what would those be used for?
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i think you might be looking at the fender mounts?
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