Thanks to all of you for the great info and sharing of ideas on this site. My friend pointed me here a couple weeks ago and I've been reading everything I can on fixed gears/single speeds. This is definitely a starter bike for me - will be using it for daily commuting of about 5 miles over the streets and through the parks of NYC. I had a mtb for about 5 years and didn't ride it much. A quick, nimble road bike is definitely more appealing.
My original idea was to buy an old/used road bike at a flea market and rebuild into a fixed gear. Having read up on that, I am convinced I don't have the time, patience, tools, or skills to do that properly.
The same friend mentioned above bought a Kilo TT on the advice of a friend of his and has been very happy with it. I've taken it for a couple spins and while his frame is too big for me, I do like the feel of the bike.
The other day I rode a 2010 Fuji Classic Track ($550) at my LBS. It's very nice and they do provide a lot of benefits as far as upkeep and whatnot. I do like that concept. And they have it in orange, which is a bonus for me if I'm buying new. Another bike shop is closer to me, and while they are a Fuji dealer, all they have access to right now is a 2009 Fuji League ($700) - very nice bikes but more than I was planning on spending. I suppose I could ask if they can order a Fuji Classic Track for me and offer the same upkeep benefits as the other shop?
Having said all that, I'm also considering ordering from BD. There seems to be quite a bit of disagreement on here about the benefits of doing so, but price is certainly a consideration for me. If I'm going to be as happy with a Kilo TT or Windsor the Hours as I would be with the Fuji, I'm not sure the $200+ is worth the added services from the bike shops. The LBS I prefer charges $45 to assemble a bike and has never charged me more than $5 to adjust something (the benefits of living in Harlem instead of Soho I guess) so I'd have to use their services *a lot* to balance the cost savings from a BD v. LBS purchase.
So I've given all that background to ask a few questions.
1. Which BD bikes are made in Taiwan v. China? I definitely *don't* want a Chinese bike, but I'd be fine with a Taiwanese bike - they've been making bikes for decades - my gf's 1979 Raleigh was Made in Taiwan. She was made in Taiwan. I'm cool with Taiwan.
2. I see the Fuji League is a lugged frame, but is that really going to make a difference for me? The price is over 2x that of a BD bike and $150 more than the Fuji Classic Track.
3. What's the difference between the Windsor the Hours v. Windsor Clockwork?
4. Anyone know of good resources for NYC area used bikes? Craigslisters charge a premium for used equipment around here, especially fixed gears. Just saw a Kilo TT listed for $450. Huh?
Thanks for your patience and please don't turn this into a BD v LBS thread. Not my intention. Just trying to decide which bike is best for me.
Thanks so much.