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how to buy my first fixed gear?

Old 03-07-10, 08:36 AM
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how to buy my first fixed gear?

I am in the process of buying a fixed gear bike. I have done some research but would really appreciate opinions from some more knowledgable riders. I have found a couple bikes that don't look too different besides their prices and am not sure how to tell what to buy. The three I am looking at are

1) Surly Steamroller
2) Felt Brougham
3) Origin 8

I have also seen some on craigslist that are converted from 10 speed to fixed gear. I really like the look of the older bike that's been converted so I am tempted to pick one up. I saw a Schwinn Traveler taht was made to a fixed gear and a Fuji Monterey. Not sure what I would need to upgrade and/or replace though and obviously being a first time buyer I want that comfort of knowing I have a safe bike.

I really like the Steamroller but it's $720 as opposed to the others which are around $500. Is there a big difference? The guy at the bike store said the Surly is a better bike for not much more but I don't want to get taken. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Don't worry about what type of fixed gear. You should think about more important things, like what type of messenger bag, and if you should get the tight ball-crushing jeans or the even tighter sausage casing jeans.
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hi Jeff, this is the road cycling forum, if you click back to the main BF page, you can get to the singlespeed/fixed gear forum, you should try this question there.

for your info, these bikes have all been discussed thoroughly in there, so the research material abounds.

good luck with your purchase!
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great thanks. i'll take this post down then.
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No need to take the post down a lot of roadies, myself included, train on fixed gear bikes. My current one is a conversion. If you do the road bike conversion you will need a frame with horizontal drop outs so that you can slide the rear wheel back to get the chain tension right. Another cheap alternative is to find an old freewheel type wheel and redish it so that it centers properly and just spin a track cog on the freewheel threads. I'm running an old Campy tubular wheel set in that manor now and it works great.
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Originally Posted by Kjag
Don't worry about what type of fixed gear. You should think about more important things, like what type of messenger bag, and if you should get the tight ball-crushing jeans or the even tighter sausage casing jeans.
lmfao...and i ride a fixie. for those of us in the northern states, winters with low traction conditions are easier, imo, with a fixed gear and the derailleurs dont freeze/clog up. that being said, the possenger bag is a very important decision, almost as important as whether to rock old school vans or chuck taylors

the steamroller had pretty much everything i was looking for in one package...that and i got a deal i couldnt refuse. while everyone has one, you dont hear too many stories of them failing, or breaking. i managed to stuff full fenders on mine +5. good luck
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Tssk... Must have some serious issues bringing the 178 issues to the 41.
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plenty of people here have ss/fg bikes. unlike the lifestylers in the 178, we actually ride ours.
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plenty of people here have ss/fg bikes. unlike the lifestylers in the 178, we actually ride ours.
I was out at a coffee shop in Newport last night, and was listening to a guy telling some gal his plans for his bike. "I'm gonna make this part red, leave this part black." Then he put his bike into the back of a truck and drove away.

He drove his bike to the shop, then took the bike out and locked it up outside. When he was done, he put it back in the truck and drove home...
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That's a great way to say it. Thanks for the quote Botto.
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Don't do it! Get a real bike with 10 speed Ultegra!
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Originally Posted by Uni-Vibe
Don't do it! Get a real bike with 10 speed Ultegra!
Yeah, don't try new things.
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I wouldn't spend too much on your first fixed gear. SE bikes makes some great fixed gear bikes for less than $500. SE Lager is a pretty good starter fixed gear.

Also, i'd go with Chrome possenger bags, and old school vans (red makes you faster). when discussing which back pocket to put your Kryptonite U-lock in, it's whichever side your dominant hand is. and the carabiner with your keys on them, well, that's actually just a really good idea.

also, you have to carry a bottle opener on you at all times, as well as have one on your bike as well, ignoring that PBR comes in cans and no self-respecting hipster can afford to drink things in bottles.
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Originally Posted by jfmckenna
No need to take the post down a lot of roadies, myself included, train on fixed gear bikes. My current one is a conversion. If you do the road bike conversion you will need a frame with horizontal drop outs so that you can slide the rear wheel back to get the chain tension right. Another cheap alternative is to find an old freewheel type wheel and redish it so that it centers properly and just spin a track cog on the freewheel threads. I'm running an old Campy tubular wheel set in that manor now and it works great.
That's the way alot of us did it.
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now what you really want are those six inch flat bars...
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Originally Posted by nahh
also, you have to carry a bottle opener on you at all times
The Chrome bag takes care of that
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Find a 2008-2009 Raleigh One Way on Craigslist. I'd buy that over any of the bikes you posted and it should be around 500 dollars. Or I think they have them for 620 at REI.
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Find a 2008-2009 Raleigh One Way on Craigslist. I'd buy that over any of the bikes you posted and it should be around 500 dollars. Or I think they have them for 620 at REI.
Sheldon Brown himself, in an email, recommended this bike to me. There is no need for further discussion.
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