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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 08-19-10, 04:50 PM   #1
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Need a bike, any recommendations would be appreciated.

Hi, found this forum while trying to find a good bike for doing some commuting and just in general spinning, riding around, looking for a replacement for my fixie/single speed conversion that I made 5 years ago and was recently stolen ;(
When I made my bike it was much easier to find a good vintage frame on cl (mine was made in Italy) now it's to hard to find something tall (62cm) with the horizontal drop outs, etc so I guess I'm going to have to buy a premade, what I don't want is something made in China, the bikes I saw made in Taiwan seemed better but maybe it was just the few I've looked at. I have about $600 but obviously the less the better, I'm looking for a 62cm, with a flip flop hub, geared about 44-16, with bullhorns and a front brake (I do ride fixed but like the option of free wheel).
So far I've found a Specialized Langster for $600, also looking at an IRO, Dawes SST, and a Mercier Kilo Stripper, the Dawes and the Mercier are on Bikedirect and look kinda crappy, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 08-19-10, 05:17 PM   #2
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As far as the BD bikes are concerned, the Kilo model frames are made in Taiwan, and are decent if not stellar quality. If you buy a Kilo TT Pro for $400, you'll get decent cranks and wheels, so you'll only need to replace items like bars, pedals and saddle. Also, since the supplied cog is already a 16T, you'll just need to buy a different chainring to get the gearing you want.
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^ the TT or TT pro seem the way to go for you. They are indeed a great frame with a huge following. I believe the Kilo thread here has more posts than any other in SSFG. With some searching on ebay and CL you should be able to spend around $600 on a Kilo with a saddle, pedals/straps/cages, and chainring you like.
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Kilo stripper.
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Thanks for the suggestions, so far I've ridden a Specialized Langster at $598 (steel frame) but it was a 58cm so hard to tell what it would be like, then I rode Schwinn Madison, it comes with Alex rims, and to get it the way I like (bull horns, etc) out the door from a shop will be $550, but then I would immediately have to paint it for about $100, I'm also checking out a Fuji Track Comp, it's on sale for $600, and the shop guy said with bull horns etc I could get it for about $670 but again they don't have my size so I wouldn't get to try it, there is a Kilo Stripper but not a Pro, and I feel reluctant to buy a bike without riding it, but for $380 and it seems everyone on here likes it and I guess I could build it up with new wheel set, etc. Anyways thanx
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