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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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    do it. i have one and i couldn't be happier. thats a good deal.

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    I'm very fond of my Rob Roy. IRO offers excellent value for the money.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziemas View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vegipowrd View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by vegipowrd View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Saberhead View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
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    LOL, I loved how you didn't beat around the bush and said some thing like, " you should post a picture of yourself riding your bike just so we can judge if it fits you." or something hahahahaha
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceballs View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Saberhead View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceballs View Post
    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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