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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 04-01-09, 05:08 PM   #1
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Please recommend some options for SS/FixG lightweight ,maybe custom

Please recommend some options
BIKES or
BIKES to mod
or BIKES to custom make from ground up

I can tell you what I need
and you can tell me where to seek it out

HOPING TO END UP WITH
the FOLLOWING

on a budget of
not to go much over
$1000.oo

singlespeed flipflop fixed

very lightweight , hoping for total weight 19 LBS max.
that is with the gear, the pedals, brake etc all of it

possible ?? for $1000 ???

1 or 2 brakes

will pay a local to paint or repaint
(to get a nice LSD dayglo yellow and cherry pink combo)


will be riding streets in NY but mostly those with a
consistent surface

originally I was thinking to buy a Langster
because the price is low and i know they are easy to mod
but was thinking they aren't all that light
and all the super light bikes I saw on the net today are
racers for
3 or 4 grand
or 7 or 9 grand

please hit me with some ideas
I just spent near every day
of the last couple months
on my current bikes and got the itch to
take this on , thanks in advance.
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Old 04-01-09, 05:17 PM   #2
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milwaukee bikes / ben's cycle does custom build-ups on their frames w/ 20% off their price on every part you build it up with:

http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...oducts_id=1765

a good option because you get to pick the colors (which you're going to pay someone to do anyway):


(they have other colors; check the site for deets)

pretty good stuff if you're looking for a custom machine without nuking your savings account...

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Old 04-01-09, 06:21 PM   #3
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it's not hard to find a stock ss/fg bike that weighs 19lbs.
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Old 04-01-09, 06:24 PM   #4
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worst recommendation ever.
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Old 04-01-09, 06:26 PM   #5
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Old 04-01-09, 06:32 PM   #6
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The Jamis Sputnik is a nice package and comes in a bit on the light side (for an entry level steel bike anyway) because of the carbon fork.

If it was in my budget I'd rather go with the Milwaukee one that Spooki posted though.
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With enough searching on ebay or craiglist you should get something well under what you want to spend. Look for a Trek T1 since they are not cool enough. They are very light and I was able to get a deal on one for under the price of that custom Milwaukee bike. Also Cannondale Capos are really good bikes as well. Your best bet is to go with an aluminum bike since you're focusing on weight.
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Old 04-01-09, 07:21 PM   #8
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get a pista concept. they are uber cheap b/c no one wants them and bianchi made too many of them.

EDIT: Seriously, though, I don't know many stock aluminum fg/ss bikes. do a conversion on an aluminum roadie w/ horizontals
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get a pista concept. they are uber cheap b/c no one wants them and bianchi made too many of them.

EDIT: Seriously, though, I don't know many stock aluminum fg/ss bikes. do a conversion on an aluminum roadie w/ horizontals
don't listen to this person. they are giving you horrible advice because it's april fools day
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ftp?
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felt tk2/3?

but you will be sacrificing comfort if that is another big factor in your choice...
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Old 04-01-09, 10:47 PM   #12
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I was expecting a lot of April fools wise *** comments
but
all right, actually, you guys have really helped me out
with some real inspiration> and some info I had not seen anywhere
or heard from my bikeshops in NYC

I gotta say I am already digging this
forum

THANKS A LOT, BROS !
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Old 04-01-09, 11:12 PM   #13
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Leader bikes are another option, more budget minded frames. Their site offers most parts to complete the build.

Their frames are alu. And I'm sure you could build one under 18lbs.

I just got done rebuilding an older Klein Performance that had its derailleur hanger broken off. It is a basic (for Klein) frame, straight guage tubing, long and beefy steat and chain stays. I used an ENO hub, and totalled about 400 bucks all said and done. It weighs 19.75 lbs
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Old 04-02-09, 02:08 AM   #14
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GT gutterball. just go ride one. don't listen to all the idiots, just go ride one.

or the Tk3. i don't think there's a lighter raceable option than the tk3 for the money.

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I too live in NYC and if I were you I'd think about going with a steel frame for the comfort factor on all the rough roads here. I bought a barely used Soma Rush used on Craigslist last year for $400 and it weighs in around 19 lbs. It's a pretty basic build and could be lightened if I bought some more expensive wheels and a lighter saddle (I like my comfy one though).

I think you could easily build up a Soma Rush under 19 lbs for around $1,000.
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Old 04-02-09, 11:18 PM   #16
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My langster has an Aluminum frame and carbon fork and comes in just under 18lbs. The only thing im upgrading is the pedals and bars.
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By putting an absolute weight limit on it, you're eliminating a lot of great old steel frames. I've got a new carbon bike, but I enjoy my old 23lb Trek so much, I keep asking myself why I upgraded. Those two bikes have gears though.

Now for fixies/ss's I've converted four and am starting a fifth: Faggin (fantastic mid-80's Italian frame with a smooth stable ride), three Peugeots (70's, 80's, 90's) and a killer late 80's Bianchi, in it's original "electric rose" paint. And when I ride them, they all feel light and agile. Just removing the freewheel, derailleurs, etc, lightens them up and simplifies them tremendously. The Peugeots are heavy(ish), by your standards, but I bet the Bianchi is close to 20lbs.

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