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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 10-15-09, 01:47 PM   #1
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Cheapest fixed gear wheelset, Nishiki sport

I'm looking at buying a Nishiki Sport from a local Pawn shop, they've got $95 on it but I'm going to offer ~$50. I want to convert something to a fixie just to try it out for commuting (~37 mi one way) and training.

What would be my best option for cheap, decent fixie conversion? I'm thinking a flip/flop hub might be best for me, but I don't want to dump a ton of cash into this experiment!
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Old 10-15-09, 01:50 PM   #2
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Bicycle wheel warehouse has some pretty respectable wheelsets in the $150 range. Might be your best bet if you want to go new.

Otherwise, ebay or craigslist depending on your area.
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I've been checking ebay seems like ~$100 for a wheelset. Craigslist is crap in my area... Mississippi, but it is growing.
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Yeah CL can be amazing if you're in the right area for it, but it's hit or miss if you're not in a major metro.

Might checking them for neighboring areas, if you really want to stay on the cheap. Driving isn't free but it's better than overpaying on eBay.

Another option is BikeIsland:
http://www.bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BK...Wheelsets-Road

...which has a few more options in the $100 range. You're gonna have a hard time going lower without scouring used listings.
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Old 10-15-09, 04:04 PM   #5
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Benscycles have Alex rims with Formula hubs for $112:

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a 37 mile commute one way?! daily? lol
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even in a car a 37 mile commute is pretty long. doing that every day on a bike.. especially with the winter coming up.. nice
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ZeroLites on BI are $99 with shipping included

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http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1618

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http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1692

includes fixed cog and lockring

we sell thousands of these with no complaints
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You can get Weinmann DP18's for around $160
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37 mile commute? one way?!? I'd take my long-distance bike if I was doing over a Metric Century everyday!

for that, I definitely wouldn't go cheap...and I'd probably want gears.
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37 mile commute? one way?!? I'd take my long-distance bike if I was doing over a Metric Century everyday!

for that, I definitely wouldn't go cheap...and I'd probably want gears.
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ZeroLites on BI are $99 with shipping included

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http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1618

White ones
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1692

includes fixed cog and lockring

we sell thousands of these with no complaints
Are those decals easily removable?
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Gooood price on Weinmanns
http://www.velomine.com/store/index....1&keyword=dp18
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ZeroLites on BI are $99 with shipping included

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http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1618

White ones
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1692

includes fixed cog and lockring

we sell thousands of these with no complaints
Do you offer a machined front/non-machined rear combo?
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Are those decals easily removable?
Very easily removed, however, you'll have a bunch of gunk leftover, I didn't have a hairdryer so I had to take some goo gone to them. But still shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes. Also, they are a little heavy, but for the price, they are pretty strong wheels and look pretty clean. I love the medium V, not too shallow so you don't have to worry about strength, but not rediculously deep.
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I love the medium V, not too shallow so you don't have to worry about strength, but not rediculously deep.
What do you mean medium V? They're all about the same. The Vuelta Track Comp is 28mm profile vs. Velocity Deep-V's 30mm profile vs. Weinmann DP18's 31mm profile.
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I've done it once on my '87 Trek eLance 400. I'll only usually have time to do it tues/thurs due to class schedules but it's really not that bad of a ride.

thanks for the input!
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What do you mean medium V? They're all about the same. The Vuelta Track Comp is 28mm profile vs. Velocity Deep-V's 30mm profile vs. Weinmann DP18's 31mm profile.

They aren't 28mm, they are 20mm, hence, a medium v. I actually think they even used the term medium v when I bought mine.
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They aren't 28mm, they are 20mm, hence, a medium v. I actually think they even used the term medium v when I bought mine.
BikeIsland told me it was 28mm so...
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Those BikeIsland wheels look great.

If they're out of stock or you're looking for another option:

http://www.bicyclewheels.com/merchan...egory_Code=FGW
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I ride these, and they're amazing.

Eyeletted and everything.

http://www.bicyclewheels.com/merchan...egory_Code=FGS
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