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    new commuter looking for a decent SS

    hey all,

    new to the boards as well as to the single speed arena. i have been doing some research but after visiting a few local shops and browsing the local craigslist i still feel inept as to what i should purchase for a bike.

    i am looking for a single speed commuter that is well built and durable. my max budget seemed to be too low for something decent so i have raised it to around 500 as the top end but any money saved is great.

    what would you recommend someone like me in terms of a single speed?

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    I picked up my 2006 Bianchi San Jose a few weeks ago and I'm lovin' it.

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    What you want is the Fantom Cross Uno.

    Decent frame, huge tire clearance, ability to run rack/fenders, inexpensive.

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    Are you going for comfort, speed, or a little of both?

    I have a Motobecane Outcast 29er running with 700c X 35 WTB Slickasaurus tires and it's very nice. Mounts for fenders, superbeefy and an easy pedal without loosing speed capability.

    Perfect for your price range, too.

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    Performance has last year's Schwinn Madisons on sale for under $500, find a day where they have multiple discounts and you can walk out of there with a complete bike and money to spare.

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    i guess all around performance (comfort&speed) is what i am looking for.

    after going to shops around me and being offered the Trek Soho for $550 (looked nice but seemed pricey) and then an SE Draft (that looked like a silver toy) I was more lost in the fray than ever.

    thanks for the suggestions so far! I will look into them! Any more suggestions are welcome!

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    ~$200+ = generic eBay
    ~$300+ = Kilo TT
    ~$500+ = IRO
    ~$700+ = Steamroller/Rush/Pista/etc.

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    If someone offered me a Trek Soho [$1000 msrp] for $550 I'd be on that like ugly on a moose.

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    sorry... i neglected to add the S to the end... so its msrp of 600 i guess.

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    Kilo TT if you want strictly fixed or the one of the dawes sst/windsor clockwork combos if you want a freewheel and brakes.

    Under $350 total which, with your budget, will leave you a little extra for commuting lights and other commuting knick knacks

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    http://www.torkerusa.com/udistrict.html

    What about this one? Anyone know much about it?

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    You could also check out the Redline 925. It runs around $500, and has a ss/fg flipflop hop hub. Comes with fenders and the such, which are good for commuting in the rain. It is a decent bike for the money, and def better than the SE Draft.
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    +1 for the Trek Soho S. I absolutely love mine - especially after adding a Topeak beam rack and a NiteRider UltraFazer. It's an ideal commuter. (Although it will probably exceed your $500 budget by just a little.)
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