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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 06-27-12, 10:43 PM   #1
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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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Old 06-27-12, 10:58 PM   #2
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Next time, put the cliff first.

Kilo TT.
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Old 06-27-12, 11:02 PM   #3
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Old 06-27-12, 11:36 PM   #4
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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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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

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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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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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It is a running joke, but I wasn't joking.
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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.
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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.
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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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