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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 03-01-14, 08:30 AM   #1
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who's riding a vigorelli on the street?

probably rehashing some content, but i've been away from bike forums for a while.

anyway, i ride a lot of fixed miles per year, and i own a number of dedicated fixed gear bikes. the bikes i own now are all road geometry, steel and set-up for long rides. as background, generally i ride the first 1000 miles of the season fixed gear, and have racked up multiple century+ rides fixed, so i am no stranger to miles on the bike. typically ride over 2500 miles a year fixed in addition to a bunch of miles on a geared road bike.

anyway, i'm looking for a "fun" bike to put together this season. something to grab for 20 mile rides or so, fast rides. i often ride with the roadies and keep up just fine on the fixed gear bike, but something a little lighter and racier would suit certain rides better than the more rando set-up bikes i typically ride.

anyway, i know the vigorelli is billed as a track machine, but i've fallen for the looks, the notoriety of columbus airplane tubing (i had a colnago dream for a while, geared bike, same tubing which i loved and miss). i think it would be a good bike to add to my stable, but looking for feedback from folks who ride these on the road and can compare the ride and handling to other known bikes.

i have a pretty regular rotation of over 10 bikes, this would be just something fun to ride...

thoughts?
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Old 03-01-14, 09:05 AM   #2
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probably rehashing some content, but i've been away from bike forums for a while.

anyway, i ride a lot of fixed miles per year, and i own a number of dedicated fixed gear bikes. the bikes i own now are all road geometry, steel and set-up for long rides. as background, generally i ride the first 1000 miles of the season fixed gear, and have racked up multiple century+ rides fixed, so i am no stranger to miles on the bike. typically ride over 2500 miles a year fixed in addition to a bunch of miles on a geared road bike.

anyway, i'm looking for a "fun" bike to put together this season. something to grab for 20 mile rides or so, fast rides. i often ride with the roadies and keep up just fine on the fixed gear bike, but something a little lighter and racier would suit certain rides better than the more rando set-up bikes i typically ride.

anyway, i know the vigorelli is billed as a track machine, but i've fallen for the looks, the notoriety of columbus airplane tubing (i had a colnago dream for a while, geared bike, same tubing which i loved and miss). i think it would be a good bike to add to my stable, but looking for feedback from folks who ride these on the road and can compare the ride and handling to other known bikes.

i have a pretty regular rotation of over 10 bikes, this would be just something fun to ride...

thoughts?
I don't have a Vig, but they are great for your intended purpose. As long as you aren't going to try and commute with it (though I'd bet its a fine frame for that with some tweaking) it will a great fit.

Be aware, if you are used to having brakes, and want them on this build, you will need to remove the plug from the brake drilling.
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Old 03-01-14, 03:34 PM   #3
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Owned a vig from 08-09 that I used for commuting, weekend rides, everything. Geometry was comfortable for the streets, fun for longer rides with road drops. No complaints.
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Also wanted to add that after selling the vig, other aluminum steeds I owned (mash, gtb, nago) weren't as comfy bc the geometry was a little more aggressive. Good luck.
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very cool, thanks for the feedback. going to make it happen.
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I just got my vig, but I've been riding it on the street. Today was the first day I commuted with it...almost 17 miles, all with a headwind. I have road drops on it, usually hang out on the tops or where the hoods would be.
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I just got my vig, but I've been riding it on the street. Today was the first day I commuted with it...almost 17 miles, all with a headwind. I have road drops on it, usually hang out on the tops or where the hoods would be.
Why don't you have hoods on it ?
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Why don't you have hoods on it ?
Ha, I don't know. Guess I wanted to try it without. So far, I don't miss them too much. I might switch it up at some point.
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Geometry wise, it's better on the street than any MASH ever would be....

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ride mine everyday. no toe overlap, no complaints.
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Geometry wise, it's better on the street than any MASH ever would be....
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Even Angie's 50cm has no toe overlap.
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Even Angie's 50cm has no toe overlap.
I'm sure it doesn't hurt that she has small feet, either.
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True, she uses size small MKS clips. Even with size medium, it still doesn't look like there would be much (if any) overlap.
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True, she uses size small MKS clips. Even with size medium, it still doesn't look like there would be much (if any) overlap.

However, I highly doubt anyone riding a 50cm Vigorelli will have huge feet.
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True, she uses size small MKS clips. Even with size medium, it still doesn't look like there would be much (if any) overlap.

However, I highly doubt anyone riding a 50cm Vigorelli will have huge feet.
Yeah, even on my 49cm Bianchi Pista Concept, which has much tighter front end geo (74 deg ht, 28mm rake), I have very little overlap.
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I bought the Vigorelli for long distance rides (>100km sometimes, usually >70km) where my Colossi LowPro geometry is too aggressive.
Fits very well, no toe overlap, comfortable 12cm drop from saddle to the bar (is there a english term for this?) and stiff.
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