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    Advice for a new fixie?

    Hi, i just joined the forum today and i need some help about a new fixed gear bike. I'm probably not going to get one until Christmas (the earliest), but i want to have a good opinion about my wants and needs.

    i don't exactly want a SUPER colorful fixie, but i do want one that's not a normal color (black/blue/silver).


    i've been looking on roadbikeoutlet and saw the vilano zulu fixed gear
    http://www.roadbikeoutlet.com/single...gear-bike.html

    it has an option for green (which i'd love), but i read in the archives of this forum that it's all a hunk of junk, but will it last for a noob like me? i think i'd ride it daily for a total of 30 minutes, not including the time i'd practice with it (trackstands, backwards, you know, the works). i'm learning on my brother in law's fixie for now, but i want my own sometime soon.

    i also read that i SHOULD get a fixie here:
    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...FRoSFQodFHYNFg

    they seem to have much more positive reviews from people of this forum and have more legit reviews online. but, the only color that i would love is orange in one or two of the choices

    my budget is around $300. i don't think i'm able to handle a DIY fixie project anytime soon, so buying a crappy frame + repainting it would be out of the question, especially since i go to college in a week (ucdavis).

    so should i just go with the crappy (but eye catching) neon green vilano bike?
    or should i get a much more durable bike from bikesdirect?
    oh, and how much would a fixed gear cost from a bike shop in SF?


    all opinions are appreciated

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    For $300, you probably want the Daws SST or the Windsor Clockwork because both of the bike have the sealed Formula hubs with a decent set of rims. You could always stretch your budget by $60 more and get the Kilo TT, probably the most common/popular bike from BD. Don't get the Vilano.

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    Are you really deciding on what bike to get based off color..

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    yeah. i'm a teenager =/. can you blame me?

    any opinions on this site for custom FGS?

    http://www.bigshotbikes.com/

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    Get the kilo TT.

    Red bikes are the fastest.

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    Something like this?

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    those wheels are like livestrong bracelets of speed on that super sonic paint job

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    Rasta!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
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    Red bikes may be fast, but I had a blue bike that did great bar spins. So you need to weigh those factors.

    Do you want black tires? Or something better?

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    Go with BikesDirect. Vilano is utter crap unless you are going to use it as a beater of a beater of a beater. Go with what Vixtor said, those two bikes are within your range and pretty decent for their price.



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    If you buy the Vilano or the Big Shot, you're going to hate your bike.

    Just get a BD bike and buy a can of spray paint and a can of clear coat, if color is that big of a deal for you.

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    I recommend stretching your budget for the Mercier Kilo TT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Something like this?

    oh heavens no, that is WAY too colorful

    okay guys, i get it, the color shouldn't matter too much
    but no red/blue for me! i think i'd go with your suggestions about the windsor clockwork or the mercier kilo TT (either in orange, of course )

    and when i thought about it, i do want to keep this bike for a good number of years (maybe even a decade), so you're probably right about the vilano/bigshots.


    REAR FLIP/FLOP HUB comes with freewheel side and on the other side you can add a fixed gear cog. (from the details on the windsor clockwork)
    so i'd have to buy a fixed gear cog? how much is that?

    and the mercier kilo TT doesn't come with any brakes (i'd want a front brake...just in case ), so how much would that cost also?
    Last edited by harpwned; 09-11-10 at 02:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harpwned View Post
    so i'd have to buy a fixed gear cog? how much is that?
    You'll also need a lockring. A good cog such as a Soma can be had for about $20 and a good lockring such as a Dura Ace for about $10. Anything cheaper, and you risk stripping and ruining the threads on your hub.

    Another possibility for you to consider is the Windsor Hour, which costs only $280 and is already set up as a fixed gear. The downside is that the hubs are lower quality, although they are the same as used on the standard Kilo TT.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm
    Last edited by TejanoTrackie; 09-11-10 at 02:57 PM.
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