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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 11-28-12, 11:24 PM   #1
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Vista Criterium

hey all!

So what i'm working with is an old ('74 i think) Vista Criterium. i was looking over a few threads and found this one -- http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in...p/t-99865.html -- Which is just about the same bike as mine, except for all the repairs that were needed in the above post, and the fact that mine is brown and not yellow. haha

So I bought my bike while i was in Arizona for $100. The story that i was told was that a man bought it a long time ago, rode it once, got hurt at work and couldn't ride ever again. So what he did was he placed it in their air conditioned attic for 30 some-odd years. And there it sat.

upon riding it for a little while i've had to replace the rear wheelset, and now the tires because they shredded themselves on a ride once. Scary news.. But everything, and i mean EVERYTHING else is Original and in pristine condition. Nothing catches, nothing creaks, none of the cables are fraying or anything! As the above post it has Sunlite stem-shifters and derailleurs and the same sort of brakes.

I'm looking to get a fixie sometime soon, but i'm not sure if i should convert this beauty into one, or if i should sell it and buy (or build) another one completely. Any suggestions on the wisest idea?

As my name implies i dont commute with a bicycle or anything, i'm really just a casual rider, but i do LOVE to ride..
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Old 11-28-12, 11:40 PM   #2
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two bikes is better than one
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Very true, however i'm kinda strapped for room, so storing both of them would be a bit of a pain. But you do bring up a great point. haha
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Very true, however i'm kinda strapped for room, so storing both of them would be a bit of a pain.
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