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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 03-23-11, 05:20 PM   #1
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First single speed since...

...I rode around on my old BMX when I was a teenager. I'm going to be moving back into a larger city to be closer to work, but want to use a bike to commute. I know that more gears would probably make the pedal work easier (there are some hills, but I don't think they'll be much of a problem) but I want something simple, something that won't require a lot of upkeep.

I've looked through many of the different threads here about various bikes but wanted some feedback from you guys. I am looking to keep this bike fairly inexpensive (BD?) because I'll probably be buying another bike for longer rides. I'll be doing groceries for myself, and other errands on it, so a rack is a possibility.

Thoughts about what might fit the bill? Reccomendations? I was thinking a Kilo or MB Messenger, maybe something from Windsor. I hear at that price level, most of those bikes are the same and you get what you pay for.

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Old 03-23-11, 06:30 PM   #2
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kind of hot
That might be a decent choice if you'll really just be using it for commuting and don't mind the style. I think it's dope.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...kilott_wt5.htm
This is an option. Internal Gear hubs don't require a lot of maintenance other then the very occasional lub lub in the rear hub *rapper voice* uuuunnpphhh
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...r/timeline.htm
This is also an option. You'll want a lower gearing (16-19 freewheel with a 44max chainring) especially if you are actually going to be hauling stuff.
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Old 03-23-11, 07:16 PM   #3
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I hear at that price level, most of those bikes are the same and you get what you pay for.
You pretty much nailed it. You've obviously done your homework, hats off to you.

If you live in a place that receives snow and you plan to commute year-round, consider something that will accept large tires (Kilo WT, Dawes SST). Or fenders, for that matter.
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Recommendation from personal experience...

Redline 925 with a Gamoh front rack, some cheap risers and some 32s. A lot of bang for the buck.

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