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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)

View Poll Results: Which bike should I get?
Origin 8 Uno ($493) 1 7.14%
Dawes SST AL ($369) 6 42.86%
Windsor Timeline ($300) 3 21.43%
The inevitable "you should get this bike instead!" 4 28.57%
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Old 05-26-10, 08:17 PM   #1
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Another "help me pick a bike" thread

EDIT: Pretend the poll has the option for a $545 Jamis Sputnik (not Beatnik). I don't think I can edit polls. /EDIT

I am looking for:
1) A singlespeed (not fixed) bike with road geometry
2) Chromo or aluminum frame (no hi-ten)
3) has two brakes
4) Rack braze-ons, so I could use it to go grocery shopping
5) Under $500
Optional but nice:
6) flip-flop hub (it would be my first fixed gear)
7) Fender braze-ons
Basically, the Origin 8 looks really nice, but I dunno if it's worth the premium. If you have suggestions for a bike not on my list, please try to include a link to where I could buy it online. I was also considering getting a Redline 925, which I can't find online, but LBS wants $599 for it (and for the Origin 8 too).

Yes, I have been looking at ebay/CL, but those are kind of luck-based, so if you have links to an online shop with actual stock, that would be awesome.

Sort of related: Some online shop called Bicycle Bananas has the 09 Jamis Beatnik for $429! But they don't have my size (50cm)!

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Old 05-26-10, 08:26 PM   #2
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My votes for the dawes just because I liked it the best. I really don't like the Origin8.
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Old 05-26-10, 08:30 PM   #3
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1) A singlespeed (not fixed) bike with road geometry
2) Chromo or aluminum frame (no hi-ten)
3) has two brakes
4) Rack braze-ons, so I could use it to go grocery shopping
5) Under $500
Optional but nice:
6) flip-flop hub (it would be my first fixed gear)
7) Fender braze-ons


In this case a conversion from an old road bike would probably suit you much better than anything off the peg
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Old 05-26-10, 08:36 PM   #4
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voted for *instead.

keep on fishing on craigslist and ebay in your size and do your singlespeed conversion.
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I like the SST best as well. Carbon fork mannnnnn
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1) A singlespeed (not fixed) bike with road geometry
2) Chromo or aluminum frame (no hi-ten)
3) has two brakes
4) Rack braze-ons, so I could use it to go grocery shopping
5) Under $500
Optional but nice:
6) flip-flop hub (it would be my first fixed gear)
7) Fender braze-ons


In this case a conversion from an old road bike would probably suit you much better than anything off the peg
Really? The bikes I listed in the poll have all seven options (unless I misread something).

I decided to stick with complete bikes from shops that I could buy whenever because when I get the bike is pretty important. I'm going to be moving across the country in a few weeks, and I want to have shipped a singlespeed bike to my new place ahead of time, so it would be waiting for me when I get there, instead of buying something now and having to pay $70ish on top of it for shipping when I move.

I also need the bike within one day of my moving in to my new place, because it will be my only form of transportation. I dunno if that changes anyone's opinion, but that's ultimately why I decided against building/converting, which is a more time-consuming activity that I would rather not rush.

Thanks for the input though! I probably should have mentioned the above stuff initially.
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My girl rides an sst al. It's a hood bike but it won't fit Full fenders or at least the ones a had. Kinda a pain so I don't know about racks but they may also be a pain. I font know 100 % just a heads up.
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Schwinn Madison - Scrod
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Schwinn Madison - Scrod
Haha, I actually expected Scrod to come say it himself. Their XS has a standover of 30.7", and I have a standover of 31", which is little close for comfort. I commented on this in the Madison thread, and Scrod basically said, "ehh, it'll be fine. Madisons rock!"

If I could fit a bike in the 30.7"ish standover range, I would've just gotten the 09 Beatnik for $429, and this thread wouldn't exist.

Oh yeah, in response to Sykkel's comment about the SST AL: the BD site does say that rear fender clearance is tight, and there are rear braze-ons. Part of the reason fender clearance/braze-ons are optional in my poll is because I'll be living in NM and CA, where I hear it never rains. It's always sunny and beautiful and people ride unicorns to work. Or so I heard.
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So, I found a not terribly sketch (a little bit, but not too bad) ebay posting for a 09 Jamis Sputnik bike for $545.

Any opinions? I feel like this might be too much bike for me, but that's a damn good deal. The Sputnik retails for $900.
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