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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 11-21-11, 07:56 PM   #1
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Help Mercer Kilo vs Felt Curbside vs Motobecane Messenger Track

I am fairly new to road biking and getting my first road bike, plan is to go under $500 and its going to be used around town for commuting around 15 mile round trip 4 days a week. Looks like single gear (or flip flop hub) is a good way to go and i need brakes and fender mounts.
I am torn between the Killo TT at bikesdirect for $399 or the Motorbecane Messenger and the third is a Felt Curbside. My local shop has the last felt curbside for $399! I know the seat and bar are ugly and it would get a new seat and drop bars anyway its all white so with black i think would look pretty sharp. The felt is very light 18.5lbs and is AL with carbon fork. Torn here guys, i know the kilo and the motorbecane are a good cheap bet but the curbside seems like a heck of a deal...
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Old 11-21-11, 08:01 PM   #2
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The Curbside looks hideous (in my opinion).

I think the Kilo TT is a great bike for the price.

But if the Curbside fits and you like the way it looks/rides, then I would say that price is pretty OK.
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well the ugly parts would come off the felt, other than that how do the components stack up between the curbside and the kilo? sorry just new to this and have no idea what components are better
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Old 11-22-11, 07:31 AM   #4
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i need brakes and fender mounts.
None of the bikes you've listed have fender mounts. If you need fenders, you probably aren't going to be well served with narrow tires and caliper brakes.

If your stuck on the idea of fixed gear, the kilo wt (wide tire) has fender and rack mounts and has tons of clearance for fat tires when you need them. Surly steamroller also takes wide tires and has fender mounts ( i think), but has a higher msrp.

Most of the vintage bikes suitable for fg conversion have fender and rack mounts and should come in for less then $300 inclusive.
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Old 11-22-11, 09:11 AM   #5
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