I actually made an offer closer to $300 based on the info I gathered/learned. Never got a response.
Maybe cause the last point i made was it wasnt a KHS
Mercier Stripper (WhiteSplash)
Overall, the raleigh rode great. couldnt stand the overall look of the bike though. fatter downtube didn't rub me the right way but ill give it another chance tomorrow.
On another note, another LBS called and said they got the feather in orange. will check it out and probably my emotions will make me buy it =\
Non-machined sidewalls on the rims aren't an issue ... except that as the brake pads wear the annodising off, they'll look a bit tatty for bit, then that'll develop into a regular silver strip and you won't notice. Not a reason not to bike the bike.
I'd have thought that leather soled shoes were going to slip on any pedal so wear something different. Having said that, pedals are usually among the first things changed on any bike.
I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it
I'm looking to replace it with a langster but no one on both sides of the border can get them in my size.
I may have no choice but to build an alu frame/cf fork bike from the frame up but have a feeling it will be close to $1000 once all is said and done. From my brief research, seems like a leader may fit the bill cause it has drillings for both brakes.
The gear ratio was not that tall at 46/16. The rush hour was an inexpensive, unresearched impulse buy.
Basically.. it was an extended test drive and first foray into riding fixed. Used it for commuting and training trying to avg 30kmh on 15k commutes.
Although my knees ache a bit, I can thank it for increasing my commuting avg on my road bikes by 2kmh.
gave the rush hour another ride. pretty good ride but the shop never seem to pump the tires enough the two times i rode it. it gives a false sense of comfort. that aside, not a big fan of the saddle. need a groove down the centre. the rear brakes kept skidding the wheel/tire. too good? it did it even if i squeezed the lever just a bit. the front brake squeeled really loudly. was quite alarming. not sure how logn that takes to go away but it's a heardturner! oh, the pedals suck but no big deal. the weight though was something else. was probably mid to high 20's lbs. did not like the thick downtube either though thats subjective. it does give the bike a more modern look. I liked the track style drop bars. They're powdercoated so it was grippy up top even with sweaty summer palms
overall, i thought it was OK at best but not what im looking for.
the KHS flite is out of the question. I sent an offer and i'm now blacklisted by the seller i think. I offered $320 since the bike is $399 USD brand new and it needs some work. to this day, the bike has not been sold
shop with the fuji didnt have the bike assembled when I visited but i did inspect the new shipment and their weld jobs are not consistent from bike to bike. not sure if that's a sign to avoid them?
Thanks to you, I checked out the Fuji track classic at fosters and I like that it weighed 21lb flat. Not bad for 480$.
One other option is an argon 18 electron for $800. I would need a rear dia compe clamp on brake and levers though.
Finally there is the langster at 800$ as well but I would have to wait for a 2015 and don't like the sloping tt.
Last edited by ketsana; 07-17-14 at 03:55 PM.
Sloping tt's are ugly
(My Fuji Track Comp was 17.8Lbs stock, incidentally)
did they have the argon at fosters by the way? As for the langster, yes the sloping top tubes are meh.