Hey guys, I'm totally new to fixies, and I know I shouldnt worry to much about asthetics, but I just ordered a bike from state bicycle co. Im not crazy about the big deep wheel well things. I dont want to boldly announce to the world that im riding a fixie. I just wanna ride without calling attention to myself. Is there a way to remove that? if not how easy is it to change the wheels, and how cheap is it to buy new wheels that will function properly. By the way, I'm sorry if ive posted in the wrong place. New at this forums thing.
Im not crazy about the big deep wheel well things. Is there a way to remove that?
I gather you're talking about the deep v rims. If so, finding a new set of rims that have the same exact diameter would be tricky, plus even if you found some, swapping the rim would be tantamount to building a wheel from the spokes up, which is possible. but I wouldn't recommend it unless you do a bunch of reading and learning first.
With buying a new set of wheels with a smaller profile rim, you'd have to buy a rear with a fixed hub. It almost seems like any wheelset marketed to fixies is by default a deep v rim wheelset, and once you find one, it may well by 100+ for both wheels.
Is it really that important to you to have a lower profile rim? The people that will notice that you have deep v rims are also the people that will notice that you only have one gear. That goes in reverse as well, I tend to check out the rear wheel on almost every bike I pass/see in the city out of mild curiosity anyway to see if its a single speed or geared bike.
You could always go the third option: Ride your bike and not give a damn what other people think.
You can get a decent wheelset for $150 or less. I think Velomine has some Suns for like $120 for the set. Swap over your tires and tubes and put the old Deep V's on craigslist for $75. Someone will buy them and you'll only be out $50 or so.
Originally Posted by SquidPuppet
Buy calipers first. That way you can measure your foot so you'll know which size pedals to buy.