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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 06-01-11, 04:49 PM   #1
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Best bike for ~$400

I have always rode mountain bikes my whole life, but when I moved to college I was introduced to fixed gear and single speed bikes and I was hooked. When I rode mountain bikes I usually very rarely change gears so a single speed bike just seem logical for me. My question is for $400 what bike should I get? Maybe multi-speed road bike is better for me? Please advice me on my next purchase.
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Old 06-01-11, 05:27 PM   #2
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I hear Big Shot bikes are nice.
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Old 06-01-11, 05:33 PM   #3
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Kilo TT

http://bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm
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Old 06-01-11, 05:34 PM   #4
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I hear Big Shot bikes are nice.
I was going to get it but I heard some review saying they are all for looks.
I rather get performance rather then look.
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Old 06-01-11, 05:36 PM   #5
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Kilo Stripper, looks and performance for a good price
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Old 06-01-11, 05:38 PM   #6
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Do you know how to these bike compare to it?
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...kilott_pro.htm
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ott_pro_xi.htm

I probably need brakes since I haven't rode fixed gear for that long
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Old 06-01-11, 06:55 PM   #7
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Kudos to everyone who was genuinely helpful... but I feel like it's time to talk about snacks/squirrels again.
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Do you know how to these bike compare to it?
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...kilott_pro.htm
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ott_pro_xi.htm

I probably need brakes since I haven't rode fixed gear for that long
If you read the description on the website it says it comes with free front and rear brakes....
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The description of the Pro includes a list of what is different; the frames are the same I believe.

In terms of what to buy, a Kilo TT is almost unquestiomably the best fixed gear at the $400 price point. Like all fixed gears though, be prepared to pay a couple extra hundred on parts in the next year or two (it's quite the upgrading addiction).
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I had some really good copper river salmon a couple of nights ago. The price has gone way down this year.
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I had some really good copper river salmon a couple of nights ago. The price has gone way down this year.
The best thing I've ever eaten was fresh Alaskan salmon when I went there on a cruise. I made up my mind that day that I'd move to Anchorage as soon as possible.
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The best thing I've ever eaten was fresh Alaskan salmon when I went there on a cruise. I made up my mind that day that I'd move to Anchorage as soon as possible.
Anchorage? Have you ever been there? I hated that place. (Sorry if anyone lives there) Dreaded having to go there to get supplies/pick up people from the airport. There are so many way cooler places in Alaska.
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If you read the description on the website it says it comes with free front and rear brakes....
He couldn't read one of the billion threads that already exist about this subject but you want him to read descriptions on another website? Please.
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go to your lbs, tell them you have $400 for a fixed gear, and wait for them to order you a torker u-district or redline 925.
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Anchorage? Have you ever been there? I hated that place.
I agree that there are cooler places than Anchorage, but I have a thing for larger cities. My goal is to have an apartment in Anchorage and a cabin somewhere near the mountains.
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