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Old 04-05-05, 01:40 AM   #1
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Fixie suggestions

I really want a fixed gear as a second ride. Any suggestions on a nice Ti (or steel will be more my price) track frame? Any suggestions on the hubs I should have built up?
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price range pleaseeeeeeeeeeee?
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Old 04-05-05, 02:09 AM   #3
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sorry man, lets say under $1500.
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ok. i dont know your style. or if you intend to race. but i like the look of vanilla bicycles personally.

http://vanillabicycles.com/


but if you want to race or something then hmmmm. i dunno.

as for hubs. the nicest are always phil's
http://www.businesscycles.com/thub-phil.htm
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Old 04-05-05, 08:51 AM   #7
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Don't know if these will fit your price range, but, via google:

Spicer:
http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cg...cat_desc=Track

Airbourne (ugly and too expensive):
http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/store/sobike.asp


Previous bike forums thread:
http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-65854

I don't think you'll find a complete bike for $1500.00. Maybe over time you could build one up via ebay.
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I bet it won't be his second ride for long. That's what I said at first too.
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I just threw up in my mouth
Hahaha. It _is_ the uglist 'track' bike I've seen.

There are lots of threads on this forum on steel frames.
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1500, thats quite a buget for a track bike. I think it's kinda inbetween the levels. You can get a decent one for under 8 or a super nice one for above 1500. What are you gonna use it for? If it's a beater or commuter i'd go cheaper, this way if you scratch it you won't feel so bad, but if it's for just crusing, riding and relaxation, then go with the higher end. I'd get a beautiful vanilla frame for that price and slowly build it up with ebay highend stuff.
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$1500 for the frame, or the whole bike? I think $1500 will cover you for a Vanilla frame, but won't even get you the fork, much less wheels,handlebars, etc. But they are oh so very pretty.

Aluminum, but a complete bike for $1400.
http://www.bianchiusa.com/568.html

If I had $1500 to spend on a fixie I'd probably get a used frame and build it up. You'd save on the frame and be able to put the savings better wheels, cranks, etc.

But if I had 3 grand to blow . . . Vanilla no question--look at that bike! It reallly is so beautiful it hurts.
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If I had $1500 to spend on a fixie, I'd pick up a classic steel-lugged ride from goodwill for $20. Add a $20 track cog, and use the remaining $1460 to take the girl to Europe. Or the little girl to Disney. Or pay the mortage. Or any one of dozens of other things.

Better yet, just buy a fixed wheel for your current ride and do the switcheroo.
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i'd say watch ebay for a little while... unless you're a strange fit for a bike, you can find some beautiful old track frames (or road, if that's your thing) that'll fit you for under $500... you can then get yourself some bangin' new wheels and be well under budget - with a sweet ride.

dunno what your size is, but peep this. (it's mentioned in the ebay sticky too). looks gawwwwgeous.
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Old 04-05-05, 10:46 AM   #15
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For $1500, I'd buy a Soma Rush frame and build it up with nice components, or get a IRO MarkV pro for less and spend more on components. For hubs, Phils are nice, but as your first wheelset Suzue Promax CB with MA3 or aeroheads or the IRO wheelset is fine. Both have sealed bearings and seem pretty durable.
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30% military discount off Airborne if you are active duty/reserve/retired military.

Not a personal fan, but I got a guy on my bike team here in Italy that has like 3 different Airborne bikes and was on the team when he was stationed in Ohio.
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1500, thats quite a buget for a track bike. I think it's kinda inbetween the levels. You can get a decent one for under 8 or a super nice one for above 1500. What are you gonna use it for? If it's a beater or commuter i'd go cheaper, this way if you scratch it you won't feel so bad, but if it's for just crusing, riding and relaxation, then go with the higher end. I'd get a beautiful vanilla frame for that price and slowly build it up with ebay highend stuff.
I was just throwing a price out there. I'm not looking to purchase one until after the summer, so I wanted to start getting ideas now. I will use it for commuting and maybe a race or two.
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30% military discount off Airborne if you are active duty/reserve/retired military.

where'd you hear this? If it's true I'll be buying a new Airborne roadie =)
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I'll let my friend know, he is eyeing an airborne.
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Vanilla (Sacha White) has been price quoting custom fixed gear frames with fork for US$1750 lately.
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I heard from Debra Ponzio the AF Cycling Team Manager, but here it is from the horse's mouth...

http://www.airborne.net/eready/janette/afcycling.asp

Airborne Sponsors U.S. Armed Forces Cycling
U.S. Armed Forces Cycling has partnered with Airborne bikes in a deal that will put the elite team on world-class, titanium bikes for the 2004 season and will benefit all military people with a special discount program.

In a commercial sponsorship agreement with bike manufacturer Airborne, U.S. Armed Forces Team athletes will be provided an Airborne bike. According to Armed Forces Cycling manager, Debra Ponzio, "This is a ground-breaking partnership because it doesn't just benefit our elite team but the entire military". Ponzio is referring to the arrangement with Airborne to sell bikes at a 30% discount to everyone in the active duty and retired military - reserve and national guard.

Airborne has a natural tie to the military. The owner of the company, Jamie Raddin, named the company in honor of his grandfather who served as a U.S. Air Force pilot in World War II. Bike models are typically named with a military theme. Raddin looks forward to working with military cyclists, "Airborne is excited to supply the Armed Forces Team with bikes. The team reflects the same type of quality and professionalism that is our trademark at Airborne."
Airborne produces titanium road, track, time trial, cross and mountain bikes. The complete selection can be seen on their website, www.airborne.net.

Ponzio added, "This translates into big savings for eligible customers. Owning a titanium bike is only a dream for many cyclists. The discount program with Airborne makes owning a professional-quality bicycle a reality for anyone."

U.S. Armed Forces team leader, Coast Guard's Steve Mlujeak, took delivery of the first team bike for the September Armed Forces Team trip Europe. When asked about the bike, Steve said, "It is great to have the opportunity to race such a well crafted bike," and added, "The Torch is one of the best handling frames I have ever ridden."

Military customers who are interested in the Airborne military discount program can check out the options and purchase items on the Airborne website at www.Airborne.net or call 1-888-243-8717 for more details or to place an order.

The U.S. Armed Forces Cycling Team is made up of professional military men and women from all branches of service. Team members, all USCF Category 1 racers, compete in local, national and international races as their military schedules permit. Corporate sponsors currently include Airborne, AT&T, Verge Sport and Psycho Lube.

For more information about Armed Forces Cycling or to sign up for the Armed Forces Cycling email list, email Ponzio at Debra.Ponzio@sembach.af.mil

No federal endorsement of sponsor(s) intended.



Good deal, eh?!!

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where'd you hear this? If it's true I'll be buying a new Airborne roadie =)
Oh yeah, and if you have a significant other...you did not hear this from me! I've been known to be a bad influence.

Did you see what On-One is doing now? Brant rocks!
LOL: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_147972.html


Wonder how I'm going to break the news that I just ordered an IRO Mark V Pro frameset and some parts for about $450...hehehe!

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Chzman, these guys are using you and your generous budget to vicariously buy the bike they always wanted. Save yourself some dough and buy an IRO Mark V. It really is a beautiful machine.

Buying a frame on ebay and building it up is a good idea too.
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I will not deny the above statement.

http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/frame_vigorelli.asp

This frame is about as classic track as you can get plus they'll customize geometry for you for not too much more I think. The frame itself will run you roughly 800 some including shipping. They're hand built and made to order.
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That's purty!
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