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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 07-04-11, 10:04 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a fixie

Any suggestions/advice? I'm used to a fixed gearing system because I ride BMX, and I just want something better suited to riding distance for school and working. Multi-speeds aren't for me either, because I like to do all of my own mechanical work on bikes, and working with all the gears and especially the derailer setup doesn't really fly for me.

And what do you feel are any advantages of riding a fixed gear? Pretty much anything helps, thanks in advance!
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I hear Big Shot bikes are nice.
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I would get a scooter.
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Old 07-05-11, 08:42 AM   #6
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I would get a scooter.
Scooter as in moped? No thank you. I like my pedaly bikes. And thanks for those suggestions guys. How does the sizing work?
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Scooter as in moped? No thank you. I like my pedaly bikes. And thanks for those suggestions guys. How does the sizing work?
First off, how tall are you? & how about your inseam too?

As for complete bikes I would recommend the Kilo TT.
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I'm 5' 10", 30 in. inseam.
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I'm used to a fixed gearing system because I ride BMX....
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Check out the helpfully stickied thread entitled Fixed Gear/Single Speed - Start Here!.

Your BMX was not fixed-gear, it was single-speed.
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I'm 5' 10", 30 in. inseam.
54cm, maybe 56
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Old 07-05-11, 11:57 AM   #13
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Your BMX was not fixed-gear, it was single-speed.
I'll check that thread out. And I meant the gearing thing insomuch as I'm used to only one set of gears, Sorry for wording that wrong. It won't be something to get used to, not being able to switch, because I've almost never ridden a multi-geared bike. I'm more for the simplicity.

And I took a look at the Big Shot site, any idea how good their stuff is?
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if you liked BMX, you'll love mixies http://www.mixiebike.com/ plus there pretty nice
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Old 07-05-11, 01:29 PM   #15
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^ really?
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I am a newbie, but I think the Big Shot rec is meant to be funny. Like I said, its just a newbie gut instinct.
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Of course it is. Listen to the others and check out the Kilo.
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I think the Big Shot rec is meant to be funny.
Yeah he should obviously get a Republic.
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Old 07-05-11, 06:22 PM   #19
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I was looking at a few Trek's today at my LBS, took one out for a spin, very happy. But I was hoping to spend a little less. And I found a few Kilo's, not too bad on the wallet. And those Big Shots, Maybe not exactly the nicest, but the parts and everything really aren't all that bad. And I'm dead set on flip flop hubs now, because that would be a lot better for being a commute bike and something to screw around on.


What about this? http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ift2_track.htm

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Republics are pretty awesome, but too $$$. NJS steez.
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Old 07-05-11, 11:47 PM   #21
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I get the sarcasm and everything guys, I really do, because I do the same stuff over in the BMX forum. But this is kind of a big deal for me, because I really want something that's going to last me a while, because at school this is going to be one of my main forms of transportation, with classes, work, and my girlfriend living about 5 miles away. Just trying to get all of this stuff figured out here.
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Haha you mentioned it...and I found one from last year (not a big deal in any way, shape, or form), but my problem was it not having brakes. I wouldn't use brakes on a fixie, but I would flip-flop it to a ss for most of my commuting. Coasting and being able to come to quicker stops make riding in a college town a hell of a lot easier.

Just noticed, hidden in the listing, it has brakes with it, just not assembled. No problem there. But that Gravity is cheaper, and some of the parts are slightly nicer.....with both fixed cog and freewheel on there.

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I was choosing between the Kilo TT and the Swift2 as well.

I've decided on a Kilo TT because it has a steel frame and everyone on the internet seems to recommend it. I'm new to biking so the popular choice is probably the safer bet for me. I'm not too keen on the fixed gear so I'll probably just throw a $20 freewheel on it and call it a day. Just gotta pull the trigger.
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The big thing right now is price. Even though its only a $60 difference, thats still $60. And I would buy new pedals for the TT because I can't stand those clips/straps.
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