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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 09-11-10, 01:39 AM   #1
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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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Old 09-11-10, 01:50 AM   #2
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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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Old 09-11-10, 02:19 AM   #3
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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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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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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?

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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
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