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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 06-09-09, 02:38 PM   #1
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*NEWB* Good starter fixie

looking to get a fixie.

whats a good starter bike?


im looking for something on the lighter side (lots of stairs leading to my apartment)

and smaller frame (im 5 foot 7 inch)

any suggestions?

im thinking Mercier Kilo tt???
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Old 06-09-09, 02:40 PM   #2
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm
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Old 06-09-09, 02:47 PM   #3
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You might need a longer stem/seatpost tube, but carrying up/down stairs is a piece of cake.



Seriously, the Kilo TT seems to be hands down the favored starter bike. I'm waiting on the arrival of mine...
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Old 06-09-09, 02:51 PM   #4
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Ugh that bike is so tarck, look at the matching spokes and rims. Airless tires? AND streamers? TERRIBLE. I'd rather be caught dead than be seen riding on that bike!
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You could also do mad bar spins on that bike



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come on now, thats a direct drive not a fixed gear.
geez!
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yup kilo tt. no one will laugh at you. (except those *******s on bianchis who will =/)
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how much cash you got? IRO Angus, Surly Steamroller, and Jamis Sputnik are 3 of my favorite "intro" fixed gear bikes. Those are more expensive than the kilo, but very good. If you want light, I would consider something that has nicer tubing than 4130. Reynolds 631/Tange Prestige are good. Dare I say aluminum?
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As the saying usually goes with bikes (or anything built):

'Light. Strong. Cheap. Pick two.'

In the great scheme of bikes, cheap fixed-gears like the Kilo TT have the weight benefits of being fixed-gears, though they're heavy as fixed-gears go.
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muckymucky I would not laugh at him. I wanted a SanJose but the $$ was wild. so now my Fantom Uno looks great next to my Bianchi Proto and Mega Pro Ti and my Rigi
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You know, you could probably get a lot more people on that bandwagon if you remarketed it as a "p-far trike."
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if you have the extra cash, i'd recommend something in the IRO, Jamis Sputnik, Surly Steamroller range. While the Kilo is a perfectly fine bike, you'll get better components on these than the Kilo.

From what i understand the Sputnik is one of the lighter of the steel off the peg sub 1000 dollar fixed gears.
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