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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 09-22-09, 09:12 AM   #1
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Decision and need help making it!

So Iím buying a new bike today but Iím a little problem pulling the trigger.
Help me with this decision!
Bikes I have already are;
Bianchi Eros geared and in great shape (my pride and joy)
Miyata 210 geared and in good shape (my everyday commuter to work)
Bianchi timber wolf MTB (currently stripping down and redoing)
Roadmaster Mt Furry (it was free and new and I use it for my commuter bike in the snow)

I want to get a fixed gear for many reasons should I buy a fixed gear or buy a nicer commuter and strip the Miyata and convert it to a fixed gear.
Iíve narrowed my choices down to either the Bianchi Pista or the Bianchi Castro Valley.
Obviously if I choose the Castro Iím stripping the Miyata, the only problem with this is; should I strip a perfectly good bike down to a fixed? I asked the guys at the local bike shop and they said they canít stand seeing people stripping perfectly good vintage bikes for a fixed (that didnít help me decide obviously.)

Thanks for the advise!
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Old 09-22-09, 09:18 AM   #2
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Get the Pista if you like it.

The new Fuji Feather looks pretty cool as well
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Old 09-22-09, 10:20 AM   #3
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Leave the vintage bike alone, and get the pista
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Old 09-22-09, 10:43 AM   #4
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Pistas are nice bikes. I like them.
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I like the castro valley a lot.

Frankly, the 210 is not the nicest bike Miyata ever made. There's no reason it wouldn't make a great fixed gear. The only time I have a problem with people converting old frames is when they start doing irreversible stuff—shaving off braze-ons, cutting derailleur hangers, etc. There's nothing wrong with stripping down your bike as long as you can always build it up again. Converting one's road bike to fixed gear in winter is a time-honored training tradition.
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Do Pistaís have a good resale value?
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Old 09-23-09, 03:33 PM   #7
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Pista it is! pick it up tomorrow!
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Old 09-23-09, 04:03 PM   #8
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Do Pista’s have a good resale value?
No bike has a good resale value, but pistas have a huge hipster following and probably won't depreciate as much as other bikes.

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Old 09-23-09, 04:14 PM   #9
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keep checking the pistadex in your area.
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just get a kilo stripper
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Flip a coin.

If you find yourself thinking "Oh S**t!" at the result, do the opposite.
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Do Pistaís have a good resale value?
Looking at your screen name and your list of bikes, why do you care if it have resale value? I doubt you will ever resell it.
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Here it is! Thank you all for the help
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