So I am finally ready to get a fixed gear bike. I am currently rocking a '88 Bridgestone RB-2 that i converted to single speed (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgest...ne-1988-18.htm
). Originally this was going to just hold me over until i could afford better parts to make it a fixed gear. However. Ahem. It is a little too big. I believe it is a 56, and at 5'7" i am riding that bar with both feet on the ground. Still, I find it a comfy ride, and it gets me everywhere with all the style and panache of the 1980's
So I am probably going to sell it, or maybe keep it. I suppose it depends what i can get for it, I've grown attached.
Iwent to a bike store the other day to try and help my mom(i am home visiting the fam) realize that a road bike might fit her needs better than her 15 year old mountain bike since she only rides on the roads around her house in CT. I happened to see what I still think is a real "pretty"(i know its not the greatest) bike, a globe roll. Well seeing its minimal lines and fixed gear prompted me to take it for a test spin. Oh yes, it was nice. I know a lot of people have bashed the globe roll, or just don't like the whole cookie cutter aesthetic, but it really was a nice ride. I could get a roll 1 for just under $500, or a roll 2 for just under $700. Anywho, the ride re-emboldened my desire to go fixed.
Here are my thoughts:
1. I work in theater, I am poor (haha, but really)
2. $500 is about the max for my budget, though maybe i could squish another bill out
3. I...uh....i lost my train of thought
So i started researching again and came up with these options:
1. Go for the globe roll. I actually test rode it and it felt great
-is it really so wrong?
2. Bikes direct, probably a kilo tt chrome or stripper.
-does it have toe bite?
-what wheelset should i buy immediately since the one on it sucks (other parts too, think my budget)
3. eighthinch scrambler v2 (i know, i know...well actually i don't really)
4. IRO. Oh an angus would be sweet.
-a WTF is in my price range, but does inspire me to think about its name)
5. Keep the Bridgestone, even though its a little too big. Everything is stock on it except the crank (i need a shorter one if i don;t want to die cornering), the chain, and rear cog. The rear cog cannot be set up to be fixed, and don't ask we what brand it is, it was recycled from another bike. This is a good option, but i will need a new wheelset, crank, cog, pedals, tires (im thinking fyxsations might be nice). I wish i had been able to find it in 53, then it would be a non issue. I may just have to sell the bugger.
I know these topics are everywhere, but i am interested in these as a comparison. Of course throw in any suggestions keeping in mind under $500 makes me a happy camper who doesn't get evicted for a bike.