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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 01-20-05, 05:51 PM   #1
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so I bought my wife an IRO Mark V...

and she likes her old single speed better. What can ya do? Anyway, if anyone is interested in it let me know before it hits ebay. Its a 50cm, built up complete stock from Tony @ IRO. everything but pedals. Ridden maybe 3 miles.
email me... jmw@day19.com if interested.



I hope this isn't seen as spam (even though I guess it is technically), just trying to pass the bike along without dealing with the Ebay.
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Old 01-20-05, 05:56 PM   #2
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Mention Pie somewhere in the post and all is forgiven...
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Old 01-20-05, 05:59 PM   #3
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whoever buys the bike gets a free piece if pie of their choice from House of Pies on Vermont. Woo, that was a close one.
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Only 3 miles? How can she get the feel for it in 3 miles? Maybe you could talk to her (over pie of course) about taking it out for just a tad longer than 3 miles. Or, have her ride her current bike, then switch to the IRO and do the same route over again right away to compare. It just seems like 3 miles isn't fair for the poor IRO.
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Old 01-20-05, 06:08 PM   #5
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shes just really into her old bike. And I thought i'd surprise her by buying her a bike that I (underline the I) liked better than her old one, and that didn't make too much sense.
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sounds like sending it out the door with a piece of pie is the right thing to do. you can't make her like it.
out of curiosity, what's the bike she prefers to the iro?
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Only 3 miles? How can she get the feel for it in 3 miles? Maybe you could talk to her (over pie of course) about taking it out for just a tad longer than 3 miles...
Yeah, only 1 mile for every letter in PIE. Should be more like 10 per letter to make a good call.
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That's cool then. I can certainly understand liking a bike. If I were in her shoes I'd probably try keep them both. But that's the attitude that got me 9 bikes.
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she has a early 80s Mondia (like this one http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Swi...ia_Hayes_1.htm ) thats been stripped down to a single speed. Unless someone wants it, it may just sit around until i convince her to like it since I'm not a fan of ebay. The guy who bought my old Mac scared me away from ebay since he called me 50 times trying to figure out the programs.
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Paint it pink, maybe she'll like it better. Black is too manly.
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she has a early 80s Mondia (like this one http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Swi...ia_Hayes_1.htm ) thats been stripped down to a single speed. Unless someone wants it, it may just sit around until i convince her to like it since I'm not a fan of ebay. The guy who bought my old Mac scared me away from ebay since he called me 50 times trying to figure out the programs.

Ouch. He called you? Ebay lesson one... never give your phone number.
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Old 01-20-05, 06:47 PM   #12
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Ouch. He called you? Ebay lesson one... never give your phone number.
He went to the website of my email which is my radio show, got my info for my photography site from that...went there, found my reps info...called her to get my cell phone #, then called me. Dude was determined.
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Deeamm. That's almost a stalker.
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Yup. I woulda given my man a unique ringer... The silent one. Sheesh.
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3 miles!? If she doesn't like the bike she doesn't like the bike, but my fix was still trying to throw me off after 3 miles. Glad I stuck with it.
Well, good luck finding a buyer.
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hang on to the bike and give it to your next wife. If wife's idea of what makes a cool bike and yours are that different, it's only a matter of time...
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it's not the fixed gearness about the bike she doesn't like, it's the "lack of classic style".

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I'd say take an angle grinder with a wire wheel on it and take some chunks of paint off, then throw it out in the weather until the shiny metal starts to rust. also put lots of bearing grease around the drop outs, bottom bracket, headset and pretty much everywhere else. maybe find some band stickers from the 80's such as poison or wham, and put them on the frame, peel some of the edges up and spray the bike with water, this way those parts won't stick anymore. A chain guard could be added that says "sting ray" or something to that effect. Oh, and definately put a basket on the front that has a nice floral setting, and tell her that when the bike was made women had defined rolls and attire, then demand that she ride the bike that you, as the man, worked 16 hours a day, 6 days a week to afford, con-sarn it!
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In fairness I can see why she likes the Mondia. It's a pretty nice looking frame.

-Says the guy whose wife is in love with an old 70's ladies Columbia 3-speed that she rarely rides. But it has RED GRIPS and WHITE WALLS!
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From what I can see from the frame design I like her old bike. I say she should just keep both bikes, we can all use a back-up, but if you insist, you could always sabotage her old bike while she's sleeping, take a grinder to it saying that you were trying to remove and renew the paint job and "mistakenly" grind through one on the chainstays, she’ll have to ride the iro then
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Just be lucky you have a wife that rides...let alone a classic steel SS. Been trying to get my wife on a bike for years.
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50cm? Turd you out there? isnt that your size?

*she was looking but she may have already found a bike*

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Go down to the Bicycle Kitchen. If there isn't someone there that will buy it, they might know a short courier who will. Maybe the kitchen will buy the bike? I don't think they do that (donation only).

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thanks vomitron, but yeah, I think they only take donations. I'm not sweating it, at least its a cool bike to look at. for me at least.
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thanks vomitron, but yeah, I think they only take donations. I'm not sweating it, at least its a cool bike to look at. for me at least.
What I meant was, one of the individuals there might want to buy it, or they might know someone who will.

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