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Old 01-16-11, 02:08 PM   #1
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Help asap

Picking up a bike in about half an hour
Just wanted to make a last minute reassurance that this is the right bike to get
Found it on craigslist and he has listed all the parts.
Hes asking for $300
Asked a few friends, and they said it was worth buying considering the sellers asking price and I can always upgrade things when I get better or more used to the bike
Im about 6ft so 58cm frame is good for me, or at least that's what I have heard.

Heres the parts hes listed.
I dont like the color scheme but from what I understand, I can just repaint a few things like the frame if I wanted too right?
Also when I check out the bike, what kind of things should I be looking for/feeling for.
And is there any way to tell what the gear ratio is just by looking at it?
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58cm Retrospec Frame
Front Sealed Bearings Velocity Deep V
Rear Purple Retrospec Super Deep V
ORIGIN8 crank set
Sealed Bearings Bottom Bracket
Straight Fork For Spins
ENDZONE GelTech seat For Comfort
IZUMI Golden Chain
Bmx Mini Bars
Bmx Stem

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Old 01-16-11, 02:10 PM   #2
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How much is he asking? What kind of riding do you want to do?
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Old 01-16-11, 02:11 PM   #3
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Oh wow my bad never put up the price.
Hes asking for 300.
Im not looking to use it as my main use of transportation.
Just want a bike to have to use to get around to some places so I dont have to use my car
Also, looking for more of a trick orientated kind of bike
Sort of an in between, enough to get around, but enough to allow me to do a few small things like the usual backward pedaling, spins, etc.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:11 PM   #4
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maybe posting the link to the ad might help others to give you advice.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:16 PM   #5
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retrospec frames aren't worth 300 new.

get a steamroller or an all city or if you want to spend 300, a windsor hour will be better than the bike that guy's selling.

repainting is a very extensive process and you might as well get new parts because unless you have access to laquer paints and a paint booth it will only last a week.

stay away from that bike like the plague.

buy a red your dead havoc for tricks. that sounds like your kind of bike.(not srsly)

go to zlogblog.com and read up(srsly)
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Old 01-16-11, 02:20 PM   #7
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Retrospec is one of those nasty companies like Republic that caters to bandwagon jumpers that only care about getting to choose the colors of every individual part. Their website lists the frame material simply as "steel" which could mean Hi-Ten which you DO NOT want.

I would stay away. Save a couple more bucks, go on bikesdirect, and either think again about FGFS and the merits of spinning your handlebars in circles, or change out the fork.
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Hmm so stay away from it?
Knew there was something weird about it.
Thanks.
Do you guys suggest buying a complete or putting something together myself?
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Old 01-16-11, 02:25 PM   #9
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How much money do you want to spend?

Are you really interested in tricking? Why not buy a BMX bike?
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Old 01-16-11, 02:26 PM   #10
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hi ten is not all the bad people say - i owned a se draft, and yes - it was a worthy commuter/screwing around bike for the price. however, at 300$, you'd be better off getting a new windsor hour/timeline/clockwork/etc, with a cromoly frame, as cc700 mentioned. do not change the fork/front wheel to a 650, it will screw up the geometry and your ride will not be fun, plus a huge amount of toe overlap making 'barspins' impossible unless your feet are at a 5 o clock position.

if youre new to bikes and have to ask a question like this, then i do not suggest you put your own together. get a typical bd bike, learn to skid/trackstand/ride fixed, and go from there.
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I think 300 is what my budget is for a bike to start with.
And its not mainly just tricking, I want something I can use to get around with, and just have to trick with as well so I figured a a fixie would be ideal.
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How much money do you want to spend?

Are you really interested in tricking? Why not buy a BMX bike?
I say this all the time.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:35 PM   #13
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ewwww retrospec... do not want.
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I say this all the time.
FGFS is like BMX in slow, awkward motion.
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FGFS is like BMX in slow, awkward motion.
Here we go again...
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Yes. Till FGFS is over.
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Hahaha!! He's like a thinner Matt Foley living in a van down by the river!
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We can kill it.
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I don't even ride FGFS but I think it's lame that people hate on it so much.
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Old 01-17-11, 01:33 PM   #22
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What about these?

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst...160561648.html

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst...154347292.html
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Old 01-17-11, 02:49 PM   #23
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both are alright deals, the paddy wagon'll be too small for you
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That paddywagon is ugly to be honest..... ugh and he wants $375 for it...
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oooo I really like the Prelude conversion. I'd ride it.

IMO the Paddywagon is ehhhh.. Too small for you, ugly, overpriced, brakeless.

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