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    Looking for a fixie for under 550

    So I'm in college and just have 550 to spend on a fixie. I was looking at the bianchi pistas and kilo TT. I was just wondering what you would suggest since I'm new to cycling.

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    I suggest buying something from your LBS, since you are new to cycling. Buying something from BD will require you to learn some wrenching skills. You can obviously bring your BD bike to the shop to have them put it together and tune it for you.

    My LBS has the '08 pista for $700 and '09 for $750. Probably out of your $550 range.

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    Yeah 700 is a bit out of my budget. I'm trying to avoid BD since I want something that will last me a while. I found a Pista online for 550 on Jenson USA. Do you think that is a good deal? My local bike shop doesn't have fixies for under 700. Whats your opinion on republic bikes and eigthinch v2s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EienTatsu View Post
    I'm trying to avoid BD since I want something that will last me a while.
    hmm

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    Quote Originally Posted by EienTatsu View Post
    I'm trying to avoid BD since I want something that will last me a while.
    Funny. You have a point though. They come with crap parts so you have to throw pictures of presidents at them to make them worth a squirt.
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    I bought my Pista for 500 at my LBS

    I found some other shops selling the pista with shipping for 500 to 600.
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    performance bike has the schwinn sprint for 599 if you wanna stretch your budget.

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    I just picked up a 2009 Schwinn Sprint at Performance Bike for $600. It's on sale today. I think it's a pretty good price for a complete bike, I haven't seen a bike with a Reynolds 853 frame in this price range.

    Before I found this deal, I was looking at an Iro Mark V, which is also very nice.

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    Would you say the schwinn sprint is a step up from the bianchi pista?

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    oooooh the schwinn sprint does look kinda cool
    impressive parts: regal saddle, formula hubs, vitorria tires~ lol cinelli seatpost cinelli stem woot woot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EienTatsu View Post
    I was just wondering what you would suggest since I'm new to cycling.
    If you are truly new to cycling, as in you have little or no experience riding a bicycle, then I would suggest that you start with a single speed with a freewheel and a flip-flop hub, and then as you get used to it you can add a fixed gear and try it out. You don't need foot retention like clips with a SS, but you do with a FG. Regardless, you definitely want a front brake at least. First photo is my fixie with clipless pedals and front brake only, second photo is my SS with front and rear brakes.
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    I didn't mean new as in little to no experience ive been riding bikes for like 12 years I meant new to road/track bikes. I ride my friends fixie fine and i can do skid stops.

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    IRO

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    is there any way i can stay under 600? or is it absolutely necessary

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    spend 600 or buy a beater PO5 online. those are your options. or conversion... that's an option too.
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    So out of the IRO the schwinn and the bianchi pista which would probably be the best for biking around town and doing skids and stuff.

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    all are nice bikes. test ride 1 or all and see what you like best. it's just a matter of personal preference.
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    i would get the sprint. has the best components and best steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EienTatsu View Post
    Yeah 700 is a bit out of my budget. I'm trying to avoid BD since I want something that will last me a while. I found a Pista online for 550 on Jenson USA. Do you think that is a good deal? My local bike shop doesn't have fixies for under 700. Whats your opinion on republic bikes and eigthinch v2s.
    do NOT get a republic

    Ride as many as you can to check your fit and what you like. that pista deal looks good to me, whats the shipping, and can you see one locally?

    is there a Performance bike by you? Can't speak about its quality but if cheap is your goal their Americano is selling for $299. You'd probably be better off just getting a BD bike than that though..

    fuji tracks are cheap, again I can't speak about quality vs a BD. I've heard it's the same frame as one of the BD bikes

    a Torker U-district is only about $350.

    I dunno man I think BD is gonna be better than a lot of what I've said so far. replace the seat and pedals and eventually the wheels and tires when they die and they're pretty solid from what I hear

    here's a Schwinn Madison for $399 (black or yellow)
    http://store.citygrounds.com/store/s...brand/Schwinn/

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    Honestly, with you budget of $550, you should just get a BD bike. You're more than likely going to buy some minor upgrades to your BD bike, and in the end, you'll reach your budget of $550 just on the bd bike.

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    Some of you guys really think a BD is better than this Bianchi Pista at $550--free shipping?

    Also, the $400 2009 Madison probably has better components than any comparable BD, don't you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by preston811 View Post
    I dunno man I think BD is gonna be better than a lot of what I've said so far. replace the seat and pedals and eventually the wheels and tires when they die and they're pretty solid from what I hear
    seat $100
    pedals $75
    wheels $250
    tires $100
    kilo $300
    total after upgrades: $825


    Quote Originally Posted by H3llM4rine View Post
    Some of you guys really think a BD is better than this Bianchi Pista at $550--free shipping?
    No. Get the pista or the schwinn.
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    Surly Steamroller?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gman26 View Post
    Surly Steamroller?

    Can you find a complete one for ~$550? If so, *I'll* take that thing and leave EienTatsu in the dust... (Aha ha ha!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by destikon View Post
    seat $100
    pedals $75
    wheels $250
    tires $100
    kilo $300
    total after upgrades: $825
    Some of your estimates look high to me even though a Kilo is $350. Do you think a Scatt Americano or Torker doesn't come with dumpy parts? That's more what I was comparing BD to

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