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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 06-28-11, 02:05 PM   #1
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looking for a new bike

I live in Brooklyn and need to replace my antique cruiser whose seat post has come unattached from the bottom of the frame. sad.

I had already been starting to look for something new - lighter, easy to convert to single speed and eventually fixed gear - but it's intimidating and overwhelming and I'm still pretty lost after days of research.

I'm pretty settled on a 70s or 80s Raleigh, Fuji, or Azuki frame but I want to make sure I get a model of good quality. Is there any way to determine this just by looking? It seems that every time I see an ad I look on here and find out the model is crap quality metal and/or too heavy. Most times the model isn't even indicated so I can't even look into it.

This is kinda making me crazy.
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Old 06-28-11, 02:06 PM   #2
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A conversion might cost you the same as a bike from BikesDirect.

Just some food for thought.
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I think an important point to answer is how much you are willing to spend.
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He's got about $600 to spend. Don't ask how I know.

Kilo T_T.
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Old 06-28-11, 09:21 PM   #6
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I don't have a lot to spend but can hold out until I come across a good deal.

Not really into the aesthetics of contemporary bikes so wanting to find a light, vintage japanese or english frame.

What i'm really hoping to learn here is how to tell a good quality model from a lesser.
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Old 06-28-11, 09:24 PM   #7
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What makes a kilo TT good?
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Old 06-28-11, 10:02 PM   #8
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What i'm really hoping to learn here is how to tell a good quality model from a lesser.
Classic and Vintage forum would be a better place to ask about that.
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what's your price range. don't dismiss panasonic or bridgestone from your vintage search either
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What makes a kilo TT good?
Bang/buck ratio.

Decent parts.

Solid frame.
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I would look into the Scrambler v3. But if you insist on the vintage conversion.. I have an 84 Raleigh and that bike is my baby. They are awesome.
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