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    Can anything beat this?

    Hellooooo

    I have an Aegis Aro Svelte that I bought a few months ago for $550, which is a steal. Bikepedia values the bike stock at $3495 (back in 2004). It does have a few upgrades, ksyrium rims, gatorskin tires, and a much nicer seat, so I'm thinking I could sell the thing for about $1000.

    Money is tight... but I do need to get around. I don't have a car, so this is my means of transport. I'm finding that a carbon fiber road bike isn't the best commuter after all. I need something that I can hop a curb with (without feeling like the thing is going to snap in half beneath me), and that I'm not so worried about being stolen. I live in Florida, so I don't really need the gears either.

    The Aegis was my first sub 20lb bike...and now I understand those weight wienies! What I'd really like is a nice single-speed. After a little research, I found the SE Premium Brew online for less than $400. The only problem is that is looks awful (before you say anything, google the bike... Seriously.). I would need a paint job to feel remotely straight riding in town. I'd also need a new seat, as the stock matches the frame. I don't exactly want to paint the thing myself (I really don't think I could do a nice job), so I'd take the thing to get painted. I don't car for fender or rack mounts as I have very nice clip-ons on hand.

    All up I'm $550 in ($400 bike, $100 paint, $50 seat)...and this got me thinking. Is there anything better online for $550~? Could I grab a decent build for that kind of price? I am very keen on the Wabi Lightning (14.1lb! but price is too high at $900).

    Thanks to anyone that can give solid advice.

    Cliff - Looking for best single speed for around $550~. Possibly build?

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    Next time, put the cliff first.

    Kilo TT.

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    Kilo TT Pro

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigglyPuff View Post
    Kilo TT.
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    Get one upped lol
    Quote Originally Posted by johnnytheboy
    I've done more ridiculous things than ride 55mi for poon.

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    I dont think trading a nice CF roadie for a cheap bikesdirect bike is a good plan.

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    You mentioned the Wabi Lightning is out of your budget, but have you seen the Wabi Classic? It too is a bit above your $550 budget but is seems to fit the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigglyPuff View Post
    Kilo TT.
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    Is recommending the Kilo TT a running joke on this forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeses View Post
    Is recommending the Kilo TT a running joke on this forum?
    You could say that.

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    The Wabi lightning is not 14.1 lbs.

    This is 14.17 lbs:


    Edit: you could spend $300 for an ENO rear wheel for your Aegis
    Last edited by Dcv; 06-28-12 at 04:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiofreak37 View Post
    I would need a paint job to feel remotely straight riding in town.


    WTF.


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    While I understand that CF road bikes make sorta crappy around town fun beater SS/FG bikes(plus are more likely to be targeted by thieves), I don't understand buying a stock bike that you dislike and switching everything out. By the time you do that, you have spent nearly the same amount as the pricier stock one you do like.
    I would either sell my nice bike & get what I wanted or donate plasma/sell my socks/eat Ramen exclusively for a month and buy a CL vintage steel fixed gear bike for $150 and keep my nice bike for actual road rides.

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    Money is tight, don't have a car, sell only form of transportation.

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    1) Keep the road bike. From a pragmatic point of view, a road bike is better than a FG bike for commuting.

    2) Don't jump curbs. You won't jump too many curbs on a FG bike either.

    3) If you want a FG bike, buy a FG bike. Don't make it seem like getting a FG bike is a practical decision. It's not.

    4) Buy the bike you want. Don't buy a brand new bike and start painting it. You are instantly taking a loss. That's throwing good money after bad.

    5) If you want a more durable commuter on the cheap, buy a used aluminum frame and move all of your components from your current road bike over to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeses View Post
    Is recommending the Kilo TT a running joke on this forum?
    Yes.

    We mods would stop it as it is very annoying, but unfortunately it winds up being valid, if not the best, advice sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeses View Post
    Is recommending the Kilo TT a running joke on this forum?
    It is a running joke, but I wasn't joking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiofreak37 View Post
    Cliff - My sweet bike isn't hipster enough
    paint your carbon flat black, make it fixed. Cool beans. Carbon is fairly robust, I haven't really heard of anyone snappin a frame off a curb... from the few fellas I know who ride carbon.
    ****tinginbuckets.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeses View Post
    Is recommending the Kilo TT a running joke on this forum?
    No, What is the best sub $500 bike is the running joke on this forum.

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    What the **** is wrong with you. Keep the goddamn road bike.
    PedalRoom

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    but here's my Strava,
    follow me maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas58 View Post
    No, What is the best sub $500 bike is the running joke on this forum.
    Touché

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    florida seems ripe with old road bikes. find a cool one with old school semi-horizontal dropouts. add a track wheel and bizango you got the perfect second bike.
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