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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 06-27-11, 05:59 PM   #1
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Cheapest Wheelset + tires for fixed gear?

I finally bought a frame that fits me, a 53cm Schwinn Traveler 3. Right now its just a singlespeed but I'm looking to make it fixed. Right now, it's rolling on some cheap, dryrotted tires and based on some research, I think buying a new wheelset is the cheapest/safest way to make it fixed?

What is the cheapest fixed wheelset and pair of tires available?
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Old 06-27-11, 06:42 PM   #2
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used off craigslist
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Eighth Inch Amelias. Comes with tires, tubes, cog and lock ring for like 120 bucks.
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Set for $90 free shipping 1 set only. http://www.cyclingcloseouts.com/Prod...pc-SDW-04.aspx
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do you think those would fit on an old schwinn traveller iii? i have no idea what size wheels they are right now.
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Old 06-27-11, 09:08 PM   #6
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Not sure what the policy here is, but I have both a new wheelset and a new set of tires on eBay right now, both with no reserve, and both are currently going for dirt cheap.

So check ebay.
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Old 06-27-11, 09:28 PM   #7
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^ no biggie if all you're really saying is "check ebay"
but cl and fleabay are yr best bet
that amelia set is on ebay for $100 shipped
and they'll fit yr traveler, you might have to cold set your rear stays (if you're really worried, just check yr spacing and send a message w yr order asking for appropriate spacers)
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+2 on the Eighth Inch. They'll fit your Traveler. If your brake pads can move down 4mm they'll be a drop in replacement.
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Old 06-27-11, 11:16 PM   #9
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Here's the eighthinch amelias on my traveler. They fit fine with stock brakes and they seem to be a good wheelset so far. I've had them for about half a year.
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thanks for the replies guys. i ordered the eighthinch amelias from cyclingcloseouts.com.
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Old 06-28-11, 08:05 PM   #11
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Just a heads up - They come with reeeeeaaaaallly cheap tires. They're these but in black: http://www.chaoyang.com/english/prod...eID=85&ID=1194 . They're hard to get on the rim but serve as good throw away tires and are nice for practicing skidz. The tubes that come on them leak less air than my bontrager tubes so they aren't too bad.
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I've used the Eight Inch Amelias for a bike i wanted to get rid of, not wanting to sell the wheels i had on there originally. I forget who i bought them from but it was off ebay. I got the wheels, put the tubes and tires on, and the tubes popped immediatly. Maybe it was my fault. After I emailed the dealer i got them from, they sent me new tires and tubes and didn't have a problem after that. I still see the bike around town sometimes with the same wheels and tires. That was 18 months ago. I'de say go with those wheels if your on a budget.
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