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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 04-21-11, 02:31 PM   #1
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How long

Did it take you guys to fine the "close to/perfect" bike? Did you go through 1 or 2 or 20?

Also this can be for anything, it doesn't have to be -just- for your frame/bike. Such as how long did it take you to find that saddle that you swear by, etc?
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Old 04-21-11, 02:35 PM   #2
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Haven't found it yet, but I assume it's going to be (when I have money) either a Vigorelli or Gazzetta frameset built up with the fairly nice components from my current SE Premium Brew.
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Old 04-21-11, 02:47 PM   #3
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I'd like to think I have - both of my Leaders are extremely different from one another, both suit me very well and there isn't anything I would want to change about either of them - but I'm not sure if I've found a "perfect" bike yet.

For now I'll just say yes...twice.
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Old 04-21-11, 02:52 PM   #4
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Old 04-21-11, 02:56 PM   #6
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"close to/perfect" lol.

also it seems you really like Leaders Scrod
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also it seems you really like Leaders Scrod
I design/sell their shirts and they're all a bunch of really great guys. They've made some pretty big mistakes in the past but have always had extremely good customer service and business ethics. I've got nothing but love for Leader.
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I design/sell their shirts and they're all a bunch of really great guys. They've made some pretty big mistakes in the past but have always had extremely good customer service and business ethics. I've got nothing but love for Leader.
That's rad man. I think my next bike will be their 725 frame. Holy crap is it sexy.
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Old 04-21-11, 03:14 PM   #9
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I'd say it has taken me about 4 bikes to get to my current fleet where I think I have 3 near perfect bikes for what I want right now.
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Old 04-21-11, 03:40 PM   #10
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perfect is as perfect does.

I love my sputnik. I don't think I'll ever get ride of it, I've done incredibly long distance rides on it.

I miss my leader, I never thought I could live with a 4 inch seat to bar drop and an aluminum frame...but after riding it for a few weeks I found myself in love with the ride as well.

What I didn't like, was my langster.
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Old 04-21-11, 04:18 PM   #11
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I would say one. I got involved with a local bike collective through a friend, I started learning about bikes and whatnot. I found a bare frame, nothing special, lugged 1020 steel 80's road bike. Not the heaviest thing, but no 18lbs ride. I took my time building it up with parts from the collective, learning everything along the way. I guess I got lucky because the parts I built it up with have been amazing. It's a short cockpit with makes for great heads up city riding. I have a double-walled eyeleted wheelset which has stayed true for over 18 months and close to 2000 miles. I've had it over 35mph, I've gone 85 miles in a day, it's been locked up outside bars and restaurants. I thought it was just going to be a boring city commuter, but it's my first love. I'll be keeping it for as long as I can, even though I have 6 other perfectly ridable (and technically more special) bikes.
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Well, the only practically perfect bike I have is my Bruce Gordon Rock n Road. It's the bike that I see myself keeping for a lifetime, never selling...but who knows. I scoured craigslist like crazy to finally find this beauty.

I like my fg cross check, but i couldn't say it is perfect.

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If you are having a hard time finding the "perfect" ssfg, don't start mtn biking...
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Did it take you guys to fine the "close to/perfect" bike? Did you go through 1 or 2 or 20?

Also this can be for anything, it doesn't have to be -just- for your frame/bike. Such as how long did it take you to find that saddle that you swear by, etc?
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Old 04-21-11, 06:01 PM   #15
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After owning/flipping probably 30 bikes in the last couple years I'm finally getting there. Determining what I like, what I don't like. It's a surprisingly long process. Or maybe I'm just too picky. For me it's not about the one perfect bike, but the perfect fleet. My ideal fleet would have the following bikes:

Road race
Touring
SS/FG for the road
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SS mountain (not sure on 26" vs. 29" yet)
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Old 04-21-11, 06:13 PM   #16
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in the past 8yrs, i've been thru 12 bikes.. :/

still not sure wtf i need or want (except to ride moar)
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Old 04-21-11, 06:16 PM   #17
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I always think I found the perfect frame then something else comes along that I think is better. I hope I finally found the frame that wont ever leave my hands.
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Old 04-21-11, 06:18 PM   #18
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"perfection is imperfection." - r. sachs

i have a modest collection of seriously high end bikes. none perfect, nor do i expect to ever find one that is. quirks make them interesting and different from each other. i enjoy every one of them and have no intention of selling anything.
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I bought a 100mm stem for my IRO today and I am truly truly turly in love with it. It fits me so perfectly with my bullhorns that this will be my permanent set up. Though I way over torqued my seat collar and messed it up, will need a new one.

Is this my "dream" bike? No, but it is almost close to being 100% perfect. I think something with a 56cm top tube, 160mm head tube and 58/59cm top tube would be my dream frame, geared and/or fixed. Reynolds 631 would be great.

Ass for saddles, I switch out between a Selle Italia SL and a Flite, both fits me really great but I'd like to try a Fizik Antares one day.
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Old 04-21-11, 11:21 PM   #21
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Everytime I get a bike I tinker with it until I feel its perfect, then I always end up buying a different type of bike, and the cycle repeats.
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my kilo is pretty close to perfect for me and it's turning something like four in a few months. jesus.

of course, during those four years i could have bought at least three more bikes for what i've spent on parts that made their way on and off of it. and i went through like four or five other bikes in addition.

my cannondale is way closer to perfect though and i think i have something like 50 dollars into it.
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Though I way over torqued my seat collar and messed it up, will need a new one.
I did the same thing and ended up with a cheap Origin 8 that so far is working just fine, plus it's yellow

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of course, during those four years i could have bought at least three more bikes for what i've spent on parts that made their way on and off of it.

my cannondale is way closer to perfect though and i think i have something like 50 dollars into it.
I'm the same way. I constantly change stuff on my fixed gear but the road bike doesn't change much at all
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There is no such thing as perfect for me; just a bunch of bikes that fit my tastes which have a wide spectrum unfortunately for my wallet. I mean why just have 1 bike?
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