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Old 04-24-12, 05:11 PM   #1
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$1300 Budget. What Would You Get?

Iíve been riding a comfort bike Ė giant escape 2 -- for 2 years now and would like to buy my first fixed gear. I live in New Orleans which is very flat but the roads are chopped up. I ride about 60 miles/wk. Iím looking for something extremely light which Iíll be using daily.

Iím ok with spending $ because I know Iíll get lots of use out of it and barely drive as it is.

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I would not get an SS/FG, and instead get an entry level road bike.

(this is taking into account a 60mi commute)

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edit: get a used CX bike with sram rival. you should be able to score a sweet deal on a used CX bike.

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60 miles a week...

You still have the Giant for a geared / backup bike and if it was me would convert a nice used road bike to run as a fg / commuter and put the money I saved in the bank.
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Cyclocross bike IMO. I'd dump 4-500 into it (bikesdirect) and put the rest in the bank.
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60 miles a week...

You still have the Giant for a geared / backup bike and if it was me would convert a nice used road bike to run as a fg / commuter and put the money I saved in the bank.
Sorry, I thought he meant 60mi to work, not a week. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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I would not get an SS/FG, and instead get an entry level road bike.

(this is taking into account a 60mi commute)
go climb some hills, roadie! 60m a weeeek on flat roads, nobody needs a road bike for that Plus he has his GIANT if he ever doesn't want track geo


I'd price my wheels, stem, seatpost, saddle, crank that I knew I wanted then see where that left me in terms of frame options probably, or vice versa. You can build a pretty nice bike for $1300

I'd be tempted to grab an EAI frame, wabi wheels, thomson/thomson combo, set aside $100 for a saddle, $100 for a cog/lockring/handlebars and be close to gtg
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sell giant and get a raleigh militis
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buy a FTP and powdercoat it 5 times
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Appreciate the varied responses so far.

Yes, its 60 miles/week and where I live is very, very flat. I just have no use for gears.

The problem with pricing out the components separately is I dont know exactly what I want and this just adds the confusion since I'm a neophyte.

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go climb some hills, roadie! 60m a weeeek on flat roads, nobody needs a road bike for that Plus he has his GIANT if he ever doesn't want track geo


I'd price my wheels, stem, seatpost, saddle, crank that I knew I wanted then see where that left me in terms of frame options probably, or vice versa. You can build a pretty nice bike for $1300

I'd be tempted to grab an EAI frame, wabi wheels, thomson/thomson combo, set aside $100 for a saddle, $100 for a cog/lockring/handlebars and be close to gtg
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Sorry, I thought he meant 60mi to work, not a week. Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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In that case I would probably just Kilo TT
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buy a FTP and powdercoat it 5 times
yeah i think 1300 isn't so far off
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I'd convert an old road bike and put the remaining $800 or so in my Roth.
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kilo tt/windsor hour + some strong deep wheels that'll old up against potholes(i would go for eigthinch julians, my friend has a pair... talk about indestructible) + some fatty tires/gumwalls + risers + rack/fender/pannier

that would be my dream commuting setup, easily under $1300
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your dream (commute) setup is a windsor hour on julian rims? dream a little bigger
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An all city with $600 worth of upgrades sounds sweet to me.
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langster pro for commuting on rough roads? good luck man
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80% of the roads here are terrible. I cant stress this enough.
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First of all, are you able to bring your bike inside at your work or are you locking up on the street? If you can bring it inside I would consider spending the whole 1,300, otherwise go cheap for two reasons:
1-It could get stolen on the street, a nice bike might draws attention.
2-If the road is rough, you will likely chew up components. Buy cheap (but still quality) leaving some of that money to the side for repairs.

If you can bring it inside, a fixed CX bike is basically the ultimate commuter, IMO.
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First of all, are you able to bring your bike inside at your work or are you locking up on the street? If you can bring it inside I would consider spending the whole 1,300, otherwise go cheap for two reasons:
1-It could get stolen on the street, a nice bike might draws attention.
2-If the road is rough, you will likely chew up components. Buy cheap (but still quality) leaving some of that money to the side for repairs.

If you can bring it inside, a fixed CX bike is basically the ultimate commuter, IMO.
The bike will not be locked up outside for more than an hour a day, with exceptions.
Yes, the roads are v rough here. Anyone who lives in New Orleans can attest to this, even if they've never rode a bike.
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