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Old 05-27-11, 08:04 AM   #1
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New to cycling - want a fixed wheel though..

Hey - i want to start cycling and keen to wade in asap and also keen to go the fixed wheel route but not keen to fork out a load of cash to start with...i've found a 'VIKING ROAD FIXIE 2010' for 150 which seems to be a good price but is it cheap because its a piece of sh*t or is it actually a respectable little number for me to start with?

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Old 05-27-11, 08:14 AM   #2
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viking so I've heard makes pretty respectable "track" frames. You really can't go wrong with lugged reynolds frame. Unless the bike has been hit by a bus I'd say that's a good price.
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Th viking isnt lugged or reynolds, and neither of those things matter tha much. Reynolds makes a huge variety of tubing, and lugs are vintage lust that is not the best system of building today.

The viking has really solid geometry, and average parts. I dont know the price of bikes in the UK, but it doesnt seem terrible expensive from my perspective. I wouldnt say dont get it.
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Th viking isnt lugged or reynolds...
you are misinformed...viking IS lugged & double-butted reynolds.

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i heard of people buying a viking, then never really seeing their reactions on the forum. could be a good sign...

but the more important part of everything is, of course, fit and size. if it's too big/small you're gonna hate it. esp cause it has "track geometry" and what looks like a super twitchy fork, if it's the original one.

http://vikingcycles.com/store.php
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you are misinformed...viking IS lugged & double-butted reynolds.
that doesnt matter. Handmade lugged frames sell for thousands of dollars because you can barspin.
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I think he was looking at this
http://www.hobsoncycles.co.uk/produc...ad_Fixie_2010_
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gross. I would buy an old conversion (a lugged steel one) long before I bothered with that bike.
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Well it's about $250 USD for a hiten frame and fork. Here in the USA that would be an ok deal at most, but IDK what prices are like in the UK.
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