Hey all, I'll be buying my first ever fixie/single-speed bike and I'd like some input from you all before I throw down the cash.
My budget is around $500, preferably less, and I've narrowed down three bikes that are readily available to me locally and within my budget.
I will be using the bike for casual around the town riding, and possibly to and from work (7-12 miles one way), as well as metro/urban (Minneapolis) riding.
First bike: 2011 Raleigh Back Alley - $499
Second bike: 2011 Specialized Roll 1 - $519
Third bike: Marin Iverness - $549
Forth bike (throw in because of cost) UO Republic Aristotle - $399
I'm familiar with Cro-molly, but have never been on an aluminum bike. The Marin is aluminum. How is the rigidity of aluminum vs cro-molly? Are aluminum frames as stiff?
Of these four bikes, which is the best value? In this price range what kinds of things am I looking for? Crankset, hubs, wheels, headset? What should I be considering?