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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 04-24-11, 12:02 AM   #1
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looking for a starting fixie/singlespeed

im going off to college in the fall and i wanted a bike that was going to fun to ride and fast and i wanted to try out a fixie. preferably with a flip flop hub so i can switch sometimes. does anyone know of any good reliable starting bikes <$400?

i was looking at this bike:http://sgvbicycles.com/Retrospec-Fix..._BIKE_C10.HTML

it would be great if i could some replies about if this bike is good for starting out.
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Old 04-24-11, 12:11 AM   #2
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this bike sucks

get a kilo
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Old 04-24-11, 04:03 AM   #3
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Are those rims seriously as Non-machined as the look?!
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That website has such bad English and the parts are mostly unknown, spec'ed from who knows where.

A better bet is to hit the bike shops for used bikes or spend the summer going to garage sales and getting a bike. $400 would buy a very nice used bike that will still be rolling long after that Retrospect has fallen apart and rusted away.
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Old 04-25-11, 07:56 AM   #5
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thanks guys. guess it was good that asked before buying that then!
are the bikes from bikes direct decent?
i was thinking like the windsor hour or a motobecane track?
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Old 04-25-11, 07:47 PM   #7
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thanks guys. guess it was good that asked before buying that then!
are the bikes from bikes direct decent?
i was thinking like the windsor hour or a motobecane track?
I own the Windsor Hour, and it's a wonderful bike.
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Old 04-26-11, 07:14 AM   #8
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I would get the Kilo TT, or if you can find a deal like i did, I got a 2009 Schwinn Madison brand new in box for $369 shipped two weeks ago on ebay. The 2009's are higher spec'd then the newer ones and have more name brand stuff on it (FSA crank, cane creek headset, formula hubs, san marco seat, etc) I know its still an entry level bike, but I get a little more peace of mind when its all name brand rather than generic...even if its the same quality, it just feels like its safer lol.

EDIT: Looks like he listed a new one just like mine, for the same price. http://cgi.ebay.com/2009-Schwinn-Mad...#ht_500wt_1151

Its an amazing bike for the money.
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You probably won't even flip the flop once you figure out which side you prefer.
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Seconding the old/new Madison idea. I just got a 2010 for $300, and love it (similarly spec'ed to the 09's hubs/crank/seat). The 09 seems a bit better out of the box, imo, given the drop bars and more subtle coloring, but that's all a matter of personal taste. All I know is it's a great ride, entry-level or no, and made urban commuting fun again after being on a hardtail mtb for way too long.
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Old 04-26-11, 10:12 AM   #11
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Honestly, i read this forum every day, and although i rarely post, enough is enough. There are LITERALLY 14 BILLION threads on this exact topic. Why is there a new "what n00b-ass bike should i buy" every day. GODDAMMIT. sorry for the rant.
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Old 04-26-11, 12:48 PM   #12
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The website in the first post is hilarious. All rainbow navigation and background animation. Even if they had a good deal I wouldn't trust it, but I have an odd sort of love for ugly websites.
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