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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 11-03-09, 10:56 PM   #1
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I want me a fixed gear bike

Hello, Im NiceMustache, Im new to bike forums, but not new to forums. So I know my way around a thread branching

I currently have 70's? schwinn varsity my dad bought as my high school graduation present. But I hit a pot hole, and need to aquire another bike....Got's a bent fork now.

Any suggestions on where to start? which bike to get? Make one out of an old road bike, or buy a new one? I have little bike knowledge-yet. But am open to learning!
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Old 11-03-09, 11:08 PM   #2
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for serious?

no one can tell you what bike to get. but, do these things:
1) spend a few weeks to a month reading this forum
2) use the search
3) hit up your local bike shops
4) ride the bikes, ask a lot of questions.

doing these things you'll:
a) learn a lot
b) see about 2 threads per day pop up exactly like this
c) ?
d) profit!

This is what I did, and recently decided on a Surly Steamroller. I wouldn't really recommend a conversion if you're a noob, it's probably better to grab a $300-400+ bike off the shelf and go from there.
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Old 11-03-09, 11:08 PM   #3
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I would just peruse this here message board, check out online retailers to see what they have available, go to your local bike shops and check out their merchandise (don't forget to take note of what brands they carry, as they will be able to order bikes even if they don't have the model you want), and most importantly, Sheldon Brown. If you have questions, either consult Sheldon or the search function here.

Local Bike Shops are going to be a life saver for you, and I promise that any extra you pay upfront will be saved in the long run.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html will be your new bible.
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Old 11-03-09, 11:13 PM   #4
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Ok cool
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start at a bike shop, dumbass.
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Old 11-03-09, 11:15 PM   #6
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http://brickwell.com/product/10-orbe...i2-58626-1.htm
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Old 11-03-09, 11:18 PM   #7
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/
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Old 11-03-09, 11:19 PM   #8
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Mercier Kilo TT, IRO Mark V, IRO Angus, Bianchi Pista, Surly Steamroller, Soma Rush, Windsor The Hour, Schwinn Madison, Specialized Langster. Did i miss any? read SS/FG threads. browse through velospace. visit some bike shops. sleep. repeat. Then when you're ready, choose one and enjoy.
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Old 11-03-09, 11:22 PM   #9
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they have a couple in the mall near me at an urban outfitters. are those any good?
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Old 11-03-09, 11:23 PM   #10
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Old 11-03-09, 11:26 PM   #11
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/bik/1434276862.html I looked threw that craigs list link and found this
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absolutely not.
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they are colorful which i LIKE, but if you guys say no, then Ill take your word for it.

I start my paper route thursday, so I have to find a bike by tomorrow. SUGESSTIONS!!? Any thing on that craigs list?

My budget is 400, and I need it tomorrow
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they are colorful which i LIKE, but if you guys say no, then Ill take your word for it.

I start my paper route thursday, so I have to find a bike by tomorrow. SUGESSTIONS!!? Any thing on that craigs list?

My budget is 400, and I need it tomorrow
http://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/bik/1415265197.html
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http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/bik/1445947437.html ??????? worth 150?
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they have a couple in the mall near me at an urban outfitters. are those any good?
god, no.

are those Republic Bikes any good?
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Old 11-04-09, 12:01 AM   #18
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Varsitys do not make good fixies.

I came up with this list for someone else, but I'm sure I'm missing quite a few:
http://www.bianchiusa.com/10-bicycle...ixed-gear.html
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=32826
http://www.masibikes.com/tab4.php
http://www.cinelli-usa.com/
http://www.colnago.com/
http://www.leaderbikestore.com/
http://www.pinarello.com/
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm
http://irocycle.com/
http://www.surlybikes.com/
http://www.swobo.com/
http://www.eighthinch.com/
http://www.yeticycles.com/
http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/P...-S9MAD-Madison
http://www.volumebikes.com/
http://www.sebikes.com/
http://www.marinoni.qc.ca/Html/TrackFr.html

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Old 11-04-09, 12:07 AM   #19
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I smell troll
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ah I can assure you I am no troll. Just a man/boy who needs a bike by thursday to deliver good peoples news papers
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I say buy a $50 beater and deliver newspaper. Then do research for your FG bike. Why rush it?
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I would reccomend a retro bmx bike, with a basket on the front
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Do paper boys on bikes still exist?
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