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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, 10:02 PM   #1
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FIXE for College student

So I'm a college student in NYC and I need a bike to get to school in the fall. I've looked all over craigslist searching for a decent priced bike but I feel like since fixies are the new cool thing in NY they're all way over priced. Any forum members willing to help a brother out?
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Old 05-29-10, 10:09 PM   #2
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So don't get a fixe.
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Motobecane Track - $280
Kilo TT - $350

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm

You're not going to get any cheaper than that for a new fixed gear.
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So don't get a fixe.
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Old 05-30-10, 01:23 AM   #6
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bike but I feel like since fixies are the new cool thing in NY they're all way over priced.
First, the prices on CL are waaaaaay over priced.

Then u have 2 options- shop around on ebay for a bike
or buy a non fixed gear bike.
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Old 05-30-10, 07:02 AM   #7
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beater 10 speeds are the new fixed gear.
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beater 10 speeds are the new fixed gear.
+1 you can find them dirt cheap at garage sales....

And then you can always convert them to fixed gear or SS
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How much you got?
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fixies are the new cool thing in NY
New? Really?

But yeah, I'd say +1 for A) bikesdirect bike (Kilo TT) or B) Garage sell beater 10 speed converted to Fixed or SS for as cheap as possible.
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+1 you can find them dirt cheap at garage sales....

And then you can always convert them to fixed gear or SS
+2 i've seen them selling for pennies.
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Old 05-30-10, 08:24 PM   #12
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def buy cheap because your bike will most likely be stolen before you graduate... buy a good lock(s)
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when I said "new" I meant that it was the new trendy thing to do now. And I'm not too worried about my bike getting stolen since i see a bunch of expensive roadbikes chained to posts all of the time and we have a closed campus.
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I also prefer a used bike to a new one.
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1. Do you go to Fordham?

2. You are where I was about 4-5 months ago. Wanted a beater road bike for college. I purchased a schwinn continental that was way too heavy and not even my size, sold it quick. Next I bought a peugeot that was the right size and ended up costing me about 250$ total after all the better parts I put into it. I found someone to buy my bike for that much and just purchased a kilo tt from a local who never used his for 275$. I'm happy for now, but plan on getting better parts little by little. You'll eventually either a) find a great deal or b) start to learn and like bikes so much you won't care about spending more for a better bicycle. I definitely regret getting the schwinn but I really enjoyed converting and personalizing that peugeot, i'm gonna miss that thing.
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1. Do you go to Fordham?

2. You are where I was about 4-5 months ago. Wanted a beater road bike for college. I purchased a schwinn continental that was way too heavy and not even my size, sold it quick. Next I bought a peugeot that was the right size and ended up costing me about 250$ total after all the better parts I put into it. I found someone to buy my bike for that much and just purchased a kilo tt from a local who never used his for 275$. I'm happy for now, but plan on getting better parts little by little. You'll eventually either a) find a great deal or b) start to learn and like bikes so much you won't care about spending more for a better bicycle. I definitely regret getting the schwinn but I really enjoyed converting and personalizing that peugeot, i'm gonna miss that thing.
Peugeouts make beautiful conversions, I'd love to have a Peugeot frame to move all my parts onto.
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Peugeouts make beautiful conversions, I'd love to have a Peugeot frame to move all my parts onto.
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as long as the peugeot doesn't have a busted BB or headset, then it's a good candidate.
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what isn't overpriced in ny? Be patient on cl - some junk will pop up. lowball
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some junk will pop up. lowball
Having sold stuff on New York's craigslist, I would advise against lowballing. Lowballing just annoys the seller, especially if the item is in good condition and is decently priced. And if the seller gets lots of emails, they have no reason to talk to lowballers.

Obviously, if the item is overpriced, then use your own judgment, but don't be too greedy.
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def buy cheap because your bike will most likely be stolen before you graduate... buy a good lock(s)
+1

Hope the OP spends more on the lock than the bike.
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Hope the OP spends more on the lock than the bike.
Once I realized that this would probably be the case, I ended up buying a used folding bike on CL for $150 and used that as my commuter, since I could bring it inside. I recently sold it (also on CL) because I'll no longer be living in NY and thus do not need a folding bike, but that is also a low cost option to consider.
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I do go to Fordham and I guess I'll just wait it out and see what I can find. I have up until september to find something so hopefully I will find a good deal on CL.
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Peugeouts make beautiful conversions, I'd love to have a Peugeot frame to move all my parts onto.
+1 especially the earlier 80's ones with rainbow stripes on the top and seat tube and checkered flag name painted decals. (I still have mine!)

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as long as the peugeot doesn't have a busted BB or headset, then it's a good candidate.
Not necessarily; it's only the french threaded BB cups that matter/ are hard to find / can be expensive to replace.... (did I mention that my peugeot has a french threaded campy BB thanks to some upgrading my grandfather did back when the threading was popular? )
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