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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 06-07-10, 05:28 AM   #1
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Rat bike / beater

Hey ya'll!

I just got my first fixed gear (Bowery '84) and I'm already planning to build the next one myself (not actually building it - assemble it myself).

I wan't to make a rat bike / beater and the first thing i need is a frame. Due to my rescent purchase the budget isn't very big but I would like to get started with my project as soon as possible.

I'm planning to spend $200-$300 on the new frame.

Any suggestions on what to choose?

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Old 06-07-10, 07:57 AM   #2
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kilo tt frame from bike island = $199.95

but personally, i think beaters are also bad-weather condition bikes so I'ld go for a conversion with clearance for fenders and other goodness.

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Old 06-07-10, 08:38 AM   #3
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I'm pretty new to the fixed gear bikes and even a bigger rookie when it comes to conversions.

What should I look for when I go frame-shopping for a conversion - besides the dropouts?
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Old 06-07-10, 09:41 AM   #4
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Wmart sells fixies ~$100 - 150
There are two on their website.

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if it's a beater then why spend good money on it. Just buy something off CL that you won't care about
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Old 06-07-10, 11:25 AM   #6
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Unfortunately I can't use Wmart. They don't operate in my country.

What does CL mean (might be a stupid question)?
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Craigslist, but yours is rather thin on bikes: http://copenhagen.en.craigslist.org/
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Old 06-07-10, 01:30 PM   #8
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ebay has some nice old road bikes on the cheaper side
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huh

wouldn't have thought Copenhagen CL would be low on bikes
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I have an 09 Bowery '84 I'll sell n ship to yo so you can rock twins. =)
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$300 is in the dead zone for bang for the buck. Either spend less or a little more. You want a rat bike? I would do a conversion--- a complete build for $300. Otherwise, spend a bit more and buy something a the level of a Soma Rush.



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Hey ya'll!

I just got my first fixed gear (Bowery '84) and I'm already planning to build the next one myself (not actually building it - assemble it myself).

I wan't to make a rat bike / beater and the first thing i need is a frame. Due to my rescent purchase the budget isn't very big but I would like to get started with my project as soon as possible.

I'm planning to spend $200-$300 on the new frame.

Any suggestions on what to choose?

/TaWipe
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What should I look for when I go frame-shopping for a conversion - besides the dropouts?
1. Dropouts
2. Frame size and fit
3. Overall frame condition
4. How many of the other components on the frame will you want to use?
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