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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 08-29-12, 05:08 PM   #1
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Looking for the best cheaper fixed gear

I just recently had my bike stolen, but it wasn't a big deal because it was fairly cheap (walmart). Now I am looking to get a good college fixie road bike, but I am trying to limit my price range to $300 or less. Does anyone know any good fixie bikes in that price range? I'm just trying to find the BEST in only that price range. Maybe some pros and cons of some good ones too.
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Old 08-29-12, 05:27 PM   #2
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How tall are you?

If you're short: http://charleston.craigslist.org/bik/3167499692.html

If you're tall: http://charleston.craigslist.org/bik/3222513394.html

If you're tall but not quite as tall, have some patience, time, and money: http://charleston.craigslist.org/bik/3103724497.html

And then get a sturdy U-lock.
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The best one has no cons. Just pros. All of the pros add up to make it the best. Kilo TT.
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The best one has no cons. ... Kilo TT.
Cons include 1" threadless headset and odd seatpost size
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Cons include 1" threadless headset and odd seatpost size
Don't forget the inconsistent tire clearance.
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Another con is that it is not in stock in very many sizes and is not in the OPs price range...

This: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/track.htm

Or this:http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/sst.htm

Or this: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/thehour.htm

You get the idea. A con to any of those bikes is that there is assembly required, and if you are not familiar with any of it you have to include the potential cost of assembly at an LBS.
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Fellas, come on, how about you suggest a best cheap fixed gear. College fixie road bike.

Dawes SST. It's the best. No doubt.
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Thruster Fi--oh wait.
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Cons include 1" threadless headset and odd seatpost size
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Cons include 1" threadless headset and odd seatpost size
Does it matter? shims are sold for the stem, and Thomson makes a 26.8.

done and done.
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Fewer options.
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wait..... who else makes seatposts?
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I am relatively new to single speed riding and wanted something inexpensive to try out. I got me an SE Draft. Its certainly not the lightest thing on the market, but it has a strong steel frame to withstand the beatings it might take around town. With a little thought and even little-er money, I chopped an old set of flat MTB bars to give me a more slender profile while zipping through cars and people on campus. I also added some toe clips and I have a fun little ride.

Now that I know I love SS, I am going to build me a Leader 735, or a Bianchi Pista. But for the money, the SE Draft does what I need.
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I am about 5' 10'' and my new price range is about $250. I am not too demanding since my last bike was a $100 Wal-Mart bike and I had so much fun on it. I am just looking for the absolute best fixie in that price range. Sorry for dropping the range, the bikes you all suggested me looked and sounded amazing.
I think I might have found one that will suit me, but I would like everyone's opinion on it. http://www.roadbikeoutlet.com/fixed-...rack-bike.html It got good reviews, and i'm not too pushy in the quality, so does this one look good? It's just generic, it's a pretty good seller, and like i said, i'm not too demanding. Will the fact that it's not Chromoly really effect this bike? Does the weight seem reasonable for a fixie (if you can find the weight on that site)? I am aware that I will have to do some customizing and repairing for any fixie I buy in this price range, so tell me what you know.

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First, $250 is not a range, it's a max.

That bike has all the parts that's for sure.
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Sorry, I meant to say max. I was in a rush to type that response because i had class a few minutes later.

Anyway, I am a regular college kid on a budget so that is about the most I can spend. I just need to know if that bike is at least decent, or has potential.
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The Dawes SST Steel is $249 on BD. That's about the only "new" bike I know of that fits the bill.
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Has anyone in this thread seen Premium Rush?
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Don't forget the inconsistent tire clearance.
what about hubs that readily strip?
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what about hubs that readily strip?
"Problems" that typically occur due to user error don't really count.
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weren't there a few threads recently of people stripping hubs because they werent properly tightening their lock ring and going on a skidfest?
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"Problems" that typically occur due to user error don't really count.
Afaik merrier rims come from bike direct with the fixed cogs already applied, do they not?
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