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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 04-13-14, 12:37 PM   #1
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Need a Black Fixed Gear Bicycle but unsure what to buy.

I live in Manchester, UK and I need a black single speed bicycle to commute around my city. My height is 175cm and I have up to 400 to spend.

I really like the look of the State Bicycle Matte Black 3.0:
Build Custom Matte-Black III Bike | Fixie Bike | State Bicycle Co.
Unfortunately on every website I've looked it's sold out.

These are the bicycles I'm currently looking at:

Bike 1
Se Draft Lite Singlespeed Bike 2013 - Se from Triton Cycles UK

Bike 2
Nolobi 2014 Matte Black Single Speed Bike Fixie/Fixed Gear Track Bike - 56cm Frame - NOLOBI2094

Bike 3
All Black Single Speed Fixed Gear Track Fixie Bike - 56cm Frame - NLBLKBLK56

Bike 4
Black Fixie/Single Speed Bike w/Sugino Cranks - FGBLKUH

Bike 5
BRAND NEW SINGLE SPEED / FIXED GEAR / FIXIE ROAD BIKE- black | eBay

Bike 6
Fixed Gear bike, Hi Spec,Brand GreenWAY*london* | eBay

Is it worth trying to buy the parts to a bicycle and then finding a retailer who specializes in bike craft to build one for me? Or are any of these bikes worth buying? If you guys have any suggestions of bikes or sites I should look at please message here, would very much appreciate it.


Also, please let me know if I've posted in the wrong sub-forum.
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Old 04-13-14, 12:45 PM   #2
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As long as you get a chromoly steel frame, you should be alright!
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Old 04-13-14, 12:53 PM   #3
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Are there no bike shops in Manchester, UK where you can find what you need for 400 ? I'd look there first.
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Is it worth trying to buy the parts to a bicycle and then finding a retailer who specializes in bike craft to build one for me?
The answer to this is definitely no. A complete bike will always be cheaper than a buildup.
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Nolobi looks like the best package to me.
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Are there no bike shops in Manchester, UK where you can find what you need for 400 ? I'd look there first.
That was my thinking. The fg scene is pretty big in the UK so there WILL be fixed specific bike shops (hell, we've got one here in little ol' Adelaide - used to have two but Kim now works out of his house). Even if you jump on the train and spend a day in London, you'll be a lot better off shopping for bikes for real than mucking about on the internet.

And why black? I've had a black bike and it's a stupid colour for a bike. I've got a black car now, and it's still a stupid colour for something that goes on wet roads. Each to his own I guess, but while black looks great when clean and shiny, that doesn't extend to when it's dirty.
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I thought Evans stocks a bunch of Fujis? Used it as a reference when I got mine.
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