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Old 07-16-14, 03:33 PM   #1
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Good fixed gear buy on Craigslist?

Hey guys! (First post woo.)
Just looking around on Craigslist and found this:

Frida's Bike (Frida Kahlo de Rivera)

What do you guys think? This would be my first FG/SS, and I'm thinking it would be a slightly higher than average level bike to try out? Opinions on how I should approach it? The guy said he wouldn't take less than 400 but it's been on there for almost a month...so I could potentially talk him down.
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Old 07-16-14, 03:49 PM   #2
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Decent looking conversion, I wouldn't offer more than 200 though.
For around 200 more you can get a new entry lever fg/fw complete that isn't over 20 years old.
Raleigh rush hour, kilo tt, specialized langster, fyxation eastside complete, purefix cooladge when in stock or even the state contender.

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Why would he say no less than 400? And why do you say no more than 200?
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Because he put money in to it and that's what he feels it's worth or is trying to get money back or both.

it's over 20 years old with out a complete grouppo and it isn't a high end frame.
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I might go $150 IF and ONLY If the frame/bike fit me to perfection...
,,Old ,,20 year old frames,,, hard to get parts that spin...
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I would pass for $400. I would not want to ride anything with so much white componentry--it's going to look like ass in short order. I would buy a decent condition used geared bike and strip off the gears and install a new rear wheel with a flip flop hub. What do other old road bikes sell for in Chicago? Also, how tall are you? Just making sure you're in the right ballpark for frame size.
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Mid-range frame but okay. I wouldn't worry about the age, lots of us ride frames that are older and they're quite solid.
Decent components but nothing special.
Newly built (which is why he wants all the money, he should grow up)

It'd make a solid first bike and a solid work horse, but only if it fits you properly and you can put up with all that white. Just don't pay the $400, listen to those above who know the pricing better. In the end, pay only what it's worth to you - that takes into account your personal situation, needs and perceived life with this bike.
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i didnt mean to imply that older bikes are bad, i rode a centurion conversion and loved it but i didnt pay 400 for the complete bike before i converted it. it also had a shimano 600ex set with araya wheels. infact i run the araya front quick release because my tb14 got ****ed in an accident awhile back, still runs solid.

even if it was a complete that wasnt a high end bike and wouldnt be worth 400 as a complete let alone a converted bike.

now if it was a high end older with nice shimano or campy groupo on it i might understand the 400 price range.

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I don't think that was actually Frida Kahlo's bike.
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I would buy a decent condition used geared bike and strip off the gears and install a new rear wheel with a flip flop hub. What do other old road bikes sell for in Chicago? Also, how tall are you? Just making sure you're in the right ballpark for frame size.
With regard to price, though, would it be worth it to buy an old road bike (150-200$) and then strip it and put a flipflop hub/new wheel on it?
I'm 6'1'' and my dad's bike is a 58" raleigh (I think? Haven't looked at it in a while) and that fits me well. So I was pretty sure that it would fit me.
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I don't think that was actually Frida Kahlo's bike.
If it had been, it might be worth $400.
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I don't think that was actually Frida Kahlo's bike.
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If it had been, it might be worth $400.
Could be priceless, considering she died decades before the bike was made.
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I would be in the 200 or sub 200 camp. Heck I bought a full mid 80s Dura Ace bike for $500 with much nicer tubing and everything. Granted I did get a good deal but for a bike that old with newer parts that are mid to low range I wouldn't go for it past $200. I have seen a few nice vintage bikes for the 400-800 range around including a nice old Peugot running Campy Record and a decent Trek running Deore XT from the early 90s for about $300. I don't look often but I am sure some other decent stuff is out there if you look (granted there is a ****ton of stolen bikes and even more broken huffys and expensive racers that were barely ridden).

I have no idea what the connection to Frida Kahlo is, I am guessing it is connected in the fact she might have used some of those colors in her painting and this kid thinks they can get more money using her name to sell the bike because apparently the bike on it's own is not good enough. Really all I would want on it is the Sugino? cranks and the old 105 brake levers for a friend. The build isn't horrible but not my taste

If you have a bike that works just convert it over yourself or with the help of friends or LBS (but be nice and not dickish).
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Yea I would not pay more than 200 for it. So there has been a boom in fixed gear bikes, but they dont fit a lot of riders. What I mean by fit is, fixed gear riding is not for everyone. I am 61, started riding fixed 6 months ago and I am crazy about it. I ride only fixed now. I have noticed a lot of people riding single speed freewheel even though they have a flipflop, they just dont do well fixed. So there are a lot used ones out there, you can get them for about half of what they sold for new. Some dont even have 5 miles them.

I would keep that in mind, when you see a Schwinn japanese made frame, turned fixed for 450 bucks lol.
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