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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 05-29-10, 11:18 AM   #1
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first ss/fixie bike

Hey,

I own a nice road bike for training, but wanted to pick up a cheap single speed / fixed gear bike for riding around town, commuting to school, running errands, etc. I wasn't terribly impressed with the bikes on my local craigslist, and started looking online. I've browsed these forums a little, but wanted to know what anyone thought of a bikesdirect/ebay Dawes SST http://bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/sst.htm vs Scattante Americano http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1081445_-1___

If both of these aren't very good, is there anything else I should be looking at in the $300 price range?

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Old 05-29-10, 12:33 PM   #2
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Actually, I'd recommend something like the Windsor Timeline http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...line.htm#specs in that price range, since it comes with fat 700x32c tires and sturdier rims for reliable urban use. I recently bought a Kilo WT, which is similar to the Windsor Timeline, and my experience is that the Bike Direct bikes are decent quality overall, and that the only parts that are crap are the pedals. The saddle is passable for short trips. Also, wheel build quality is poor, and you'll need to tension and true the wheels. The only issue I have with all the BD bikes is that they come with very tall gearing, and you'd probably want to change the freewheel for one with more teeth (lower gearing). As far as buying from other sites like Performance, don't forget that BD ships their bikes free, whereas others change for this.
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Old 05-29-10, 12:49 PM   #3
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what are the benefits of wider tires? note: i'm only going to be riding on roads

i was leaning towards the bullhorn bars, but i guess i can always add them later.
i found one of the dawes with drop bars on ebay for $260 w/ shipping http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2011-SS-ROAD...ht_8063wt_1137
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Wider tires are much less likely to get pinch flats when you run over rough spots, potholes, grates etc in the city. Also, they are typically thicker and more puncture resistant than narrower tires. The rims will also typically be sturdier and less likely to get damaged when you hit a pothole etc. As to bullhorns, drop bars with hooded levers pretty much give you the same riding positions, plus the additional drop positions.
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