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    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

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    bikesdirect.com

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    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.

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    mercier kilo TT or KHS flite 100. cause theyre affordable and theeee ****.

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    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.

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    I have a Thomson. Good stuff. But I think that Chris King is a bit over-rated.

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    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

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    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 10:43 PM.

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    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

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