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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 12-16-04, 07:53 PM   #1
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MOVED: build me a fixie

On January 10th I go to India for a month.
In less than a week i get $1000.
I want a fixie (my first)
I can either do it after i get back from India (febuary 20th)
or i can do it now and bring it to india, in which case i need to act fast.

[also: i'm actually a bike mechanic, but i've only been learning things since sept. before that i was at a bigger, trek-loving store where i put together $300 hybrids over and over and over and over. now i'm at a smaller shop and i actually fix things and learn things by asking stupid quesitons and making mistakes. think of me as an apprentace. ANYWAY the point of telling my life story is that i want the steamroller because i can get it for mondo cheap wholesale $-) ]

so:

frame.. surly steamroller
rims.. mavic cxp33
rear hub? (maybe surly NEW?)
bb?
cranks?

suggestions?

in general i just want average shtuff, nothing that's gonna crap out on me and nothing expensive.
i don't need a front wheel, i'm just going to use the one off my old cannondale for now.

oh yeah, i also need to choose between the 59 or the 62cm frame. according to surly's standover height, the bigger one is a tad big (although i don't think it would be a problem as far as nutting goes) one is a tad small. so if it's borderline, should i go big or small?

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Old 12-16-04, 10:43 PM   #2
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I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the smaller one would be lighter, more maneuverable, and (possibly) allow more room for adjustment.
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Old 12-16-04, 10:57 PM   #3
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you can alway jack up the seat post and stem...also smaller makes for a more aggressive ride...im 6'3" my bike is a 56...no problems
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Old 12-16-04, 11:02 PM   #4
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i agree with manboy on the frame size, i'd rather have somthing a bit smaller than a bit to big, mostly for handling and response,
as for the parts, NYC bikes has been making some really nice high flange track hubs, their not incredibly expensive and only come in pairs, but their pretty much bomb proof,
any of the campy track hubs wont' let you down, you can find those on ebay not to expensive, suze makes decent flip/flop hubs as well,
BB, can be as good as you want to put down for, i would go sealed,
as for cranks, you can't go wrong with any of the sugino, campy track sets, the shimano dura-ace track group is nice as well,
to be honest, you can't go wrong with track components on a fixey
choosing the parts for one is a really personal thing,
i would try to find the parts at your LBS and take a look at them, you might not like the look or feel once you do

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Old 12-17-04, 12:28 AM   #5
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the nycbikes hubs are Formulas, I think.....same as the ones sold by IRO. I've got them; working great and I've heard good things from others.
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the nycbikes hubs are Formulas, I think.....same as the ones sold by IRO. I've got them; working great and I've heard good things from others.
and the same sold by bensbike on ebay.
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Old 12-17-04, 08:31 AM   #7
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I agree that smaller is better; you don't want a bike that's too big for you even by a little.
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