Originally Posted by Spoonrobot
Take it back.
Any wheelset you buy will put you into the price territory of a complete bike from bikesdirect, which will be vastly better than a Thruster with new wheels.
Might be the way to go.
I don't have any experience with the Thruster
, but I have a Windsor Hour
(one of the cheapest fixed gear bikes on BD @ around $280ish, when I last checked). I've had it for a year, and its holding up great. I replaced the pedals(junk, but better than the thrusters), and the saddle(though the stock one was tolerable) and I've had zero problems with it.
I was like you, college kid - looking for something cheap that I can commute and get in shape on. Now that I've gotten back in shape I want to try cyclocross really
bad. When I invest in a cyclocross bike - I'll still have my cheap-o fixed gear for around town, vacations, back-up, etc.
I can certainly appreciate being on a budget(hence the Hour), but that's about the lowest anyone around here will recommend starting with. Think of a Thruster as a more practical alternative to a "beach cruiser". Its really meant to just be ridden at a casual pace to a bar /beach /coffee shop. I wouldn't want to be bombing hills or doing a fast fitness ride on one.
Last edited by SSbalt; 08-26-12 at 06:49 PM.