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Old 05-10-10, 07:55 AM   #1
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Fjui Track Pro for commute in Virginia?

I am new to fixed gear, and I purchased a used Fuji Track Pro last weekend at a good deal at $400 (I think), but I noticed after riding on the street that the bike is very STIFF… and I could feel every bump.

I did a google and found out that this bike is not for street use, but the route that I will be using it is on mount Vernon trail from VA to DC, which is fairly smooth, and I am wondering if this will be a good bike to commute.

The fork has been modified to have front brake.
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Old 05-10-10, 08:02 AM   #2
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*Facepalm*

Just look at the name. The bike is meant for the velodrome. It has an extremely short wheelbase, a very stiff frame, and even an integrated seatpost IIRC. Yeah it was a good deal, but not a good first fixed gear bike, and especially not a good commuter. Don't expect this thing to be very fun to ride in the rain or snow. You can't put anything on it; not even a seatpost fender thanks to the aero seatpost. I suggest you try selling it for more than you purchased it for and investing in a good steel bike so you can get used to the whole concept first.
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Old 05-10-10, 08:08 AM   #3
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I love commuting on my fuji track comp (same as the old track pro)

I don't find the frame harsh at all. I love how stiff it is. I actually want to get new handlebars because I flex the stock ones too much. I will get some carbon bars I think. Maybe Profile Cobra bars.

But anyway, lot's of ******s here may say it is no good for commuting, but I ride 24km a day and love it! It sprints so well! It is always making me push harder and faster!
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the_don, i'm sure it's not your first fixed gear, though. and who knows what kind of commuting the OP is referring to. i ride a trek T1 every day, but its my 5th fixed gear. I don't ride it in the snow, and rarely in the rain. i have another bike for that. i'm just stating the obvious: track frames probably aren't the best for commuting, which is exactly what the OP was asking.
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Meh. It's not hard to ride! damn, you guys make it sound like it's extremely techincal and you needs lots of practice. Just ride it, have fun, It's a great bike and as long as you love it, you will have an awesome time. You got a great deal, now make the most of it.

Riding in the rain is fine, don't really get snow often in Tokyo, so can't comment on that.

I have ridden other frames sure, my first frame was a Langster Boston. that was nice and stiff and light, but I didn't like the compact geometry. Then I got a Bianchi pista. It flexed way too much. Then I got a masi Special Ltd. It was ok, but too heavy. I have ridden my friend's Nagasawa for a few days. It was nice, but too heavy compared to my Fuji. Stiff, light and fast. Have fun!
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Well you can just ride it, which has been suggested. I'll support it. I ride a aluminum track frame on the streets. Yeah it is harsh, but I people ride aluminum road bikes and track bikes all the time.

It's personal preference. Judging by your reaction you would appreciate a steel frame much more. I would recommend you go to a lbs and check one out or ride a friends. If you are commuting rack and fender mounts are very convenient to have.

From personal experience, I ride a leader frame with carbon fork. I built a ss steamroller up for my girlfriend with 35c tires and porteur bars. That is so comfy and smooth it makes me want one for commuting and transporting.
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you can do it. it may not be as comfortable as a bike with more relaxed geometry, but it should be fine.

its a great bike. just ride it.
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if its the older track pro (not integrated seatpost), its the same as my team track, which is awesome on the road. if its the new one, I really can't comment except that it looks awesome, and at $400 would be an absolute steal.

either way, get it, you're getting a good deal.
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Cool bike, I'm just curious how much saddle to bar drop there is if it has an integrated seat post
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Thank you guys for your recommendation and comments.. I don’t ride in rain or snow, commute is 10 miles each way, minor hills.

I have been commuting using my all carbon road bike (BH Speedrom), and I was just surprised when I hit my first bump on the street while riding the track pro, it just didn’t take shocks well, it felt very stiff.

But I did like the simplicity of the bike design. I will try and commute with this bike for a period of time and see if I can get use to single gear bikes.

The bike came with spinergy rev-x front wheel, which I have heard scary stories
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The bike came with spinergy rev-x front wheel, which I have heard scary stories
There are 2 types of the spinergy rev-x, the regular and the super stiff. I believe that its only the non super-stiff that is explosion prone.
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how do i tell the difference? this one has four thin blades on each side

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There are 2 types of the spinergy rev-x, the regular and the super stiff. I believe that its only the non super-stiff that is explosion prone.
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I will sooooo take everything off your hands if you don't want it. lol.

I wouldn't do anything too harsh on the Spinergies, but I talked to an older ride who rode dual on his roadie, and he didn't have any problems because he didn't abuse them.
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how do i tell the difference? this one has four thin blades on each side
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=1#post9356495
check that. I have zero experience with these wheels, but that post should help you find out which one you have.
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