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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 10-31-10, 09:59 PM   #1
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so, yes i am somewhat a noob. i have knowledge of most things about a fixed gear but haven't been around to experience anything and be able to make good judgement. i currently have a job and go to school so my main thing is that my fg will be a commuter but i do go on long rides from time to time. for now i think I'm going to start out with a retrospec complete and ill have a link to that below. the retrospec is a full cromo frame set with deep v rims and what i believe is standard generic parts for the rest. what i want to do is have this bike for the time being so I'm not relying on the bus for transportation but with my job i can save up for a good frame set. what i feel i will like the most is the cinelli mash frame set. aluminum frame and carbon fiber fork, lighter and the fork absorbs more shock. ill then transfer all the generic products plus bullhorns and my preferences on gearing and such plus hopefully a different wheel set (probably hed 3 in the front deep v back?) to the cinelli when i buy it. only problem is purchasing it and finding a dealer with the right one in stock.

http://sgvbicycles.com/index.php?rou...product_id=936

please give me input on this^^


also, I'm 6' my legs are a little longer than most people's in proportion and I'm somewhat fit with especially strong legs naturally. what i ride is mostly flat with some small hills and would like to be able to go pretty fast downhill without struggling to much on flats. my price range is pretty far up because i ave the time to invest into this bike and this bike will be a big part of my life so i need quality parts.

thanks so much guys, i really appreciate it if you read through and through and can help me make my decisions as i don't have much first hand experience.
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Old 11-01-10, 08:10 AM   #2
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input from anyone please? even if its that im a complete idiot.
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the thing is, i don't think much people here have personal experiences with that retrospec bike. The website doesn't offer much info either. Personally, i'ld take my money to BD for about the same price and i know what i'm getting.

And i know that you may want a cool fixie with veeps and heds, but some components don't really make great commuters. Esp if u are planning to lock up the bike, then such a bike is basically screaming "STEAL ME!"
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Old 11-01-10, 08:23 AM   #4
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I'd give that bike a pass. There don't seem to be any specs on it at all. Maybe you'd get more useful input if you asked a question...
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Old 11-01-10, 08:24 AM   #5
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We thrashed the last Retrospec that was posted into 50 thousand pieces...

Moreover, their components are basically lower than sub-par, and for $325, you are much much better off with a BD bike.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm

Windsor Clockwork is a good bike with mediocre components, still 50 times better than Retrospec.

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Old 11-01-10, 08:30 AM   #6
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I wouldn't think too far ahead with your dreams of a super duper tarck bike. Get the Retrospec/KiloTT/IRO/Scrambler/Windsor first, and see how you like it. Then, if you still want to drop $1500 on the Cinelli/HED/Veep machine, go for it.
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If you want a cheap P.O.S. look on ebay there are a ton of them less expensive than the Retrospec and probably about the same quality or you can spend the same for the Retrospec at BD and get a bike that's bettter.
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give that bike a pass is a great idea
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thanks guys. bikes direct is much better than retrospec. i think im going to be getting the dawes sst its pretty much exactly what im looking for but way cheaper.
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