Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-29-10, 12:18 PM   #1
jhart
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
need bike recommendations

i'm currently living in san francisco with no bike and it sucks without one. i just need something for getting around the city. simple. clean. low maintenance.

anyone have any recommendations on complete bikes (single speed) in the $500-$800 range? i'm 5'7 and rode a 53cm back in boston. i prefer a more upright ride so i'm thinking a short riser bar.

ones i've looked at: giant bowery, surly steamroller, swobo sanchez, mission bicycles (seemed overpriced, though nice lookin')

thanks in advance for any help!

j
jhart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-10, 12:30 PM   #2
wmgreene85
Mission Creep
 
wmgreene85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: oakland, ca
Bikes: raleigh macaframa, motobecane record
Posts: 274
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bikesdirect.com
wmgreene85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-10, 11:13 PM   #3
jhart
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wmgreene85 View Post
bikesdirect.com
yes, i'm familiar with them. but info on specific bikes (and why) was more what i was looking for. recommendations of bikes on that site is also helpful.
jhart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-10, 11:50 PM   #4
mnguyen
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
mercier kilo TT or KHS flite 100. cause theyre affordable and theeee ****.
mnguyen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 08:30 PM   #5
jhart
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks! i went ahead and bought the mercier kilo tt stripper (raw) (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...t_stripper.htm).

first thing i want to upgrade is the headset, the stem, and get short riser bars.

i have heard great things about the thomson elite for the stem and chris king for headsets. but i'm a bike noob and not sure what sizes to purchase and what short riser to get that works with them.

also, other recommendations for upgrades are also helpful. still have some $ in the budget to spend.
jhart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 08:47 PM   #6
Brian
Senior Member
 
Brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Between the mountains and the lake.
Bikes: 8 bikes - one for each day of the week!
Posts: 16,683
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a Thomson. Good stuff. But I think that Chris King is a bit over-rated.
Brian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 08:49 PM   #7
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jhart View Post
thanks! i went ahead and bought the mercier kilo tt stripper (raw) (http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...t_stripper.htm).

first thing i want to upgrade is the headset, the stem, and get short riser bars.

i have heard great things about the thomson elite for the stem and chris king for headsets. but i'm a bike noob and not sure what sizes to purchase and what short riser to get that works with them.

also, other recommendations for upgrades are also helpful. still have some $ in the budget to spend.
Wow...your stem and headset combined will cost as much as the bike itself.

http://www.aspirevelotech.com/Mercha...y_Code=CKNTS10
This is the size you need for headset.

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Mtb+Stem.aspx
This is the stem that you need.

http://www.velo-orange.com/stemshim1to118.html
You'll need a shim to use that stem.

http://www.tracksupermarket.com/inde...roducts_id=249
They have the cheapest Nitto B201aa, they are restocking though. You could buy this at Ben for 15 dollars more.
http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...36a03257607bdf
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 09:36 PM   #8
jhart
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i just bought the nitto b201aa bar.

wouldn't i use the thomson elite x2? if so, what size+rise? other headset recommendations if the chris king is overrated and overpriced? hoping for black.

would the standard (what the mercier originally comes with) headset / stem work with the nitto bar?

Last edited by jhart; 06-01-10 at 09:43 PM.
jhart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-10, 09:46 PM   #9
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thomson Elite X2 has the clamp size of 31.8, you will need to shim it again.
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Mtb+Stem.aspx
Length and rise depend on you...what rise and length have you been using?

Cane Creek headset is good enough IMO.
http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...9&category=104
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:22 PM.