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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 06-04-11, 03:10 PM   #1
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Please don't buy this bike

Went to a bike swap meet in Orange County since I'm down here for a few days. Saw a stand for a company called "Backwards Circle" selling their very own "custom" fixed gear bikes.

Please don't buy these. Although the dropouts and curvy seat-tube may allude to quality, I assure you this bike is a heavy pos in person. The components are all scary, Chinese-made crunchers.

They had a 60cm complete bike for $300 there. Not worth it.

http://www.backwardcircle.com//aboutus.asp "This is the bike you've been waiting for" (Oh really?)




Soo many shoddy fixed gear bike companies sprouting up. Are there late night commercials with guides to "Start your very own bike company today with fixie bikes. Very popular!!"?

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Old 06-04-11, 03:17 PM   #2
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Man, I wish you'd warned me sooner. Already pulled the trigger on one of these. Radz.
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Old 06-04-11, 03:19 PM   #3
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Don't worry OP this is old news; we had overwhelmingly trolled and forsaken these backs long ago.
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Old 06-04-11, 03:21 PM   #4
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Ahhh, ok good. I haven't been on these forums for too long.

Good to hear they were rightfully denounced
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Old 06-04-11, 03:26 PM   #5
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Man, I wish you'd warned me sooner. Already pulled the trigger on one of these. Radz.
You lie...
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Old 06-04-11, 04:09 PM   #6
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Crap, i just ordered like 3 of those for my friends.
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Totally ordered the silver one! Will look great with my scoliosis!
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You all lie! The sad thing is is that not only are they crap bikes, but they are horrendously overpriced (on the website).

Who would buy one of those over a brand new IRO/Steamroller/BigBlock?
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I like their 'pursuit' frame
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the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length.
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Who would buy one of those over a brand new IRO/Steamroller/BigBlock?
These guys.





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Old 06-04-11, 06:29 PM   #12
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what a scam...

Getting Lasco cranks on a $600+ dollar bike is tantamount to robbery
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you're not the boss of me!

*orders one*
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Now backward cycles is.... congratz
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the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length.
pardon the ignorance, but what about it?

the jank in the seat tube makes eyeballing it harder, but i'm not really seeing anything crazy. to my eyes the TT is long, but not outrageously so. a quick glance at the website and i couldn't find any geometry specs. any clue?

please note: this is in no way a comment on the quality of these frames...with which i have zero exposure.

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Old 06-04-11, 10:14 PM   #16
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love how they sell sunglasses on the site too... esp these:

shuper shweet.
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shillll

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LOL reverse shill.
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i just love how every one of their "custom" bikes are cheaper than the base model of $699
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the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length. the top tube length.
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I think more manufacturers should offer that bent seat tube design.
That way you can actually sit on the bike properly with zero or very short setback seatposts.

It sucks like hell to have to buy special, extra long setback seatposts on small frames, because of their steep seat tube angle.
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Old 06-07-11, 03:01 AM   #22
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What could be more typical of coastal Orange County than half-baked and poorly designed businesses trying to cash in on what they see is a fad. These kinds of companies are a dime a dozen around here.

Specifically for this company...the linked blog with no entries in six months or the nonsense pricing...doesn't exactly instill the kind of trust I need to part me with my money.
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which bike swap meet did you go to? i remember seeing it on craigslist but never really got a chance to check it out. how was it?
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pardon the ignorance, but what about it?

the jank in the seat tube makes eyeballing it harder, but i'm not really seeing anything crazy. to my eyes the TT is long, but not outrageously so. a quick glance at the website and i couldn't find any geometry specs. any clue?
http://www.backwardcircle.com/Fixed-...Specs-s/27.htm
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