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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 08-28-10, 01:48 AM   #1
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How does my fixie stack up?

So I bought this fixie about a year ago when my other bike went through some bike cleaning. I compared this to my neighbors bike from bikes direct. Man his was pretty light. Here is the website of my ride http://bikegallery.com/city-biking.php

It weights in at 26 lbs, which I know to many fixed bikes is probably a monster.
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Old 08-28-10, 02:01 AM   #2
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theres your problem, right there. hi ten is heavy. decent, but heavy.

otherwise, that looks like a rebranded SE draft. which, sorry to say, are pretty crappy. no worries though. ride it until it breaks. then buy something better.

also, in your link, theres another link to a review. in which:
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At $369.99 the bike is most certainly affordable. But how does it stack up? I took a closer look to answer that question.
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After I ride it into the ground, which I will. What should I expect to pay for a quality fixed gear bike?
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eighty bazillion dollars.

for what's good components: search. for what they'll cost: ebay, google, etc. price things out on your own.

really, it depends on how much your cheap bike teaches you about what kind of ride qualities you're looking for, and there's no right or wrong answer to how much a quality bike will cost. Top of the line everything can easily shoot a future build well over $1000, however most people don't need, or even want top of the line everything for their bike. figure out what components matter to you, about how much you're willing to spend for nice this vs average that, etc etc.

if you don't learn too much from your current bike, drop $300-400 at bikes direct, assemble it properly, and continue riding until you do figure out what you truly want.

if you learn a lot, your best bet might be to build up a frame from scratch, and you can get everything how you like it. (But only if you learn a lot, and really know what you're looking for. It will be more expensive than buying complete, and it will take longer) In general, it seems that many of the nicer bikes come as only a frame/fork/(maybe a headset) combo, anyway...
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The SE Draft is well-rebranded with the name 'Workhorse'. You can take some pride in that. Many will tell you it sucks and it does indeed if you are holding it up to a lightweight track bike for comparison, but the Draft/Workhorse is every bit a bike as any other. It's main failing is weight; otherwise it is decently engineered and a lot of practical bike for its price. You can put a lot of miles on it and get strong.

When and if you decide to go for more 'performance' in a bike, the next step is about $400 - $600 for entry level SS/fixed track or road frame.

After that, the sky is the limit although in my opinion spending more than about $800 -$1,000 on a SS/fixed is for people who either:

1. want to do some real track racing.

2. have more money than sense.

3. have parents who didn't love them and make up for it by lording brand status over their peers.
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4. ride them every day
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So I bought this fixie about a year ago when my other bike went through some bike cleaning. I compared this to my neighbors bike from bikes direct. Man his was pretty light. Here is the website of my ride http://bikegallery.com/city-biking.php

It weights in at 26 lbs, which I know to many fixed bikes is probably a monster.
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