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    Where's the best place to buy online?

    Hey guys, I'm new to this forum. A couple of months ago, my single speed/fixie combo got stolen. (Yes it was locked, they cut the lock) I've been riding my old road bike for the past few months.
    I want to replace it sooooo badly but I also want to get a good deal.
    I'm looking for a nice bike, but also with a good price. Any recommendations on websites, make/models, etc? I heard a Kilo is a good deal, I just want to make sure that I'm not really getting ripped off.
    Also, has anyone seen those aerospoke wood grain rims? I WANT.

    Thanks, and ride on!

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    I buy almost all my stuff from the UK.

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk
    http://www.probikekit.com/index.php

    Ribble usually wins the price plus shipping race. It's all about the coupons and discount codes. I also have a US shipping address so some stuff comes from the USA, but not much. They can't usually beat the UK for prices for some reason - but that is on the type of stuff I buy.

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    So would you recommend making the bike from scratch, or should I get bicycle that has all of the parts? I don't have too much experience with figuring out all the different parts I want, but on a fixie it's not a big deal.

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    Oscillation overthruster Dr. Banzai's Avatar
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    I just built a Cinelli Mash from the ground up for under $1400. Some people buy a complete bike and then do upgrades and it costs more than that.

    If you can install headset cups/race by yourself then ok, build a bike. If you can't, start with a complete and learn the mechanical side of it as you go.

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    Way back in middle school I was in the bike building class before school... Learned all about bikes and even put together a low rider the teacher had. For the longest time I never took apart my bikes because I was just a kid. Fast forward to now, and after buying a complete Kilo TT stripper, I have to say it would have been more financially smarter to build it up from scratch, but having a complete bike helped me learn back all of the parts I forgot about. If any of this would apply to you I don't know, but I can say I recommend buying a complete bike and working your way from there.

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    Yeah, that was really helpful. Have you been on bikesdirect? It seems like their fixies are really cheap (3-5 hundred). I'm a fan of that price. What do people typically upgrade first? I really want those wood grain aerospokes, but they're extremely pricy.
    The purpose of this bike is to cruise around town/my college campus. Secondly, I want it to look cool. But I want a nice fixed gear bike to keep it simple, and get me to class.

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    the kilos on bikesdirect are a great place to start, especially if you are new to bikes and building them.
    good bang for buck ratio
    "Never argue with an idiot. He'll only bring you down to his level, then beat you with experience..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Banzai View Post
    I buy almost all my stuff from the UK.

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk
    http://www.probikekit.com/index.php

    Ribble usually wins the price plus shipping race. It's all about the coupons and discount codes. I also have a US shipping address so some stuff comes from the USA, but not much. They can't usually beat the UK for prices for some reason - but that is on the type of stuff I buy.
    +1. www.wiggle.com/uk is another good UK source. I was just looking at Brooks saddle prices at Ribble...incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Banzai View Post
    I buy almost all my stuff from the UK.

    http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk
    http://www.probikekit.com/index.php

    Ribble usually wins the price plus shipping race. It's all about the coupons and discount codes. I also have a US shipping address so some stuff comes from the USA, but not much. They can't usually beat the UK for prices for some reason - but that is on the type of stuff I buy.
    i had the hardest time trying to find cranks on ribble's page... those silly british call them chainsets ><

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    after buying a complete Kilo TT stripper, I have to say it would have been more financially smarter to build it up from scratch
    It's generally cheaper to buy a bike complete rather than as a separate frame set and components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowRoller View Post
    It's generally cheaper to buy a bike complete rather than as a separate frame set and components.
    That is, if you are satisfied with every component.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    That is, if you are satisfied with every component.
    That's why I qualified it with "generally." Given the context presented by the OP, it doesn't sound like he/she is going to be swapping components from a complete bike. Just my interpretation though...

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