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Old 10-31-18, 12:28 PM
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Thrift store find - pista? Bike with head badge: Seventeenth performance vintage bike

I found this at a local thrift store today but I've never seen anything like it before. The top tube says PISTA & the head badge says: SEVENTEENTH PERFORMANCE VINTAGE BIKE - what do I have here?
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Old 10-31-18, 12:42 PM
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Looks like a modern tig weld single speeder probably a few years older back when the ss craze was bigger. You can find similar bikes new for 200 or less, used is probably a 40-80 bike in most areas as ss riders are not that common.

A bianchi pista would be worth something grabbing esp older lugged ones or any older lugged track bike for that matter but modern cheapie chinese tig welded are not worth much to most.
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Old 10-31-18, 01:04 PM
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Headbadge says seventeenteeth, not seventeenth. https://www.17teeth.com/pista
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Tip of the day, anything with the word "vintage" in its name, ain't.
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Old 10-31-18, 03:37 PM
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Given the number of teeth Iíd say itís around 10 years old, assuming it doesnít play hockey.
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Performance vintage bike? I love their silly marketing, it looks to be another low end fixed gear with some light "vintage-esque" styling that is sold via the internets. Hope you didn't spend a ton for it. These bikes are a dime a dozen under different names.
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This is a welcome sign. Butchered bars, questionable home paint job on the fork, crap-tastic extras of dubious value, and an asking price well over what a new one would cost. Praise the Mono-Cog Lord!
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Snobbie has written plenty of funny stuff, but some of his commenting on fixie culture is some of his best. I started reading his blog about the same time I bought my first fixie, too.

Anyhoo, even a cheap fixie can be a bit of fun. And the OP got his at a thrift store, so it had to be cheap, right?
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Is it the angle of the photo or does the front brake cable really just loop up and then connect to the back with no actual brake levers?
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Is it the angle of the photo or does the front brake cable really just loop up and then connect to the back with no actual brake levers?
You're not seeing things. The front and rear calipers are indeed attached to each other - and nothing else - by that length of cable housing. What a goofy setup, huh?

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You're not seeing things. The front and rear calipers are indeed attached to each other - and nothing else - by that length of cable housing. What a goofy setup, huh?

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I thought it was maybe for measuring housing for levers but there's not enough length, unless they're adding cx style levers? The calipers look nice
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
You're not seeing things. The front and rear calipers are indeed attached to each other - and nothing else - by that length of cable housing. What a goofy setup, huh?

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And since the cable housing isn't anchored to anything on the frame, just tug up far enough on the housing and you're applying both brakes simultaneously. Stupid? Genius? A little of both!

Oh, wait, couple of zip ties there. It would still 'work' though, you might just break the zip ties if you pull hard enough.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
And since the cable housing isn't anchored to anything on the frame, just tug up far enough on the housing and you're applying both brakes simultaneously. Stupid? Genius? A little of both!

Oh, wait, couple of zip ties there. It would still 'work' though, you might just break the zip ties if you pull hard enough.
Man, I hope you're kidding. If not, please don't try this - I've grown rather fond of you, even though we don't get to hang out much

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Originally Posted by cog_nate View Post
Headbadge says seventeenteeth, not seventeenth.
I read the OP's description and totally saw "Seventeenth" until I scrolled back up to find "Seventeenteeth" after your correction. Oh, what a funny place our brains can be.

Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Snobbie has written plenty of funny stuff, but some of his commenting on fixie culture is some of his best. I started reading his blog about the same time I bought my first fixie, too.
After the linked blog post and this, I'm definitely gonna check out more from this guy.

To the OP: By now you probably figured out it's a nothing special bike built not too long ago. But if it's fun to ride then hell, that's just less to worry about when you lock it up somewhere.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
And since the cable housing isn't anchored to anything on the frame, just tug up far enough on the housing and you're applying both brakes simultaneously. Stupid? Genius? A little of both!

Oh, wait, couple of zip ties there. It would still 'work' though, you might just break the zip ties if you pull hard enough.

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With that absurdly exaggerated ergonomic set up, no tape on the slippery bars and that brake cable thing, no wonder it was sold off. Honestly, it looks dangerous!
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