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Old 05-07-15, 10:15 PM
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Help building a new bike!

Hey guys, im a new user here so i hope i found the right place for my question...

I am planning to build a single speed/fixie and im looking for a little help on what components to go with. I stopped in the local bike shop and came away pretty overwhelmed... so many brands! and most of them at the shop seemed more road bike oriented ( shimano, etc).

I plan to use the bike mostly for exorcise and enjoyment. maybe running the occasional errand. but mainly i want to try and make it as light/fast as possible( i know. a lot of that depends on me)

But first thing i have been looking for is a good frame. any suggestions on a good company to order from? my ideal frame would be a lugged chromoly frame. the lugs arnt a deal breaker, i just like the look.

as for the rest of the components, i am completely unsure which brands to go with and which gear size would be best. I dont have an unlimited budget. but i do plan to take some time gathering the components so price is not a huge deal. I appreciate any advice you guys have and i hope im posting in the right place.

thanks!
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Old 05-08-15, 01:59 AM
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Hey mate ,

You sound sound exactly where I was a few months ago (except I already had a frame, and no idea these forums existed!). Just finished* my SS build (*not sure it'll ever actually be finished!)
My suggestion for what it's worth is just do some research (Google is your co pilot) and look at bike builds here and other places for what pieces and brands are commonly used. You'll get an idea of prices for things, even good online places to get the good deals from eg: wiggle, Ribble, etc to save money too. There's online buying threads around with plenty of stories of first hand experience. Otherwise hopefully a more seasoned and knowledgeable member will come along and throw some advice up.

Good of luck with it. And don't forget to throw up pics/a build log here.

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Old 05-08-15, 05:32 AM
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There are so many reputable manufacturers offering complete bikes with quality components at prices for which you can't build one. By building with all new quality parts you'll exceed the price of a comparable complete bike.

If you're talking retrofitting an older frame, that's another story, but in your post you indicated confusion regarding the variety of quality and branding. Not the best idea to do it in that case. The engineers and marketers putting packages together do so knowledgeably and at prices you can't match when buying one BB, etc.

My suggestion: get a nice bike in your budget build range. Ride it today. Keep your eyes open for a used frame to fit out as you have the time/money to research parts.

Man, I'd like a new bike. Brand, spanking, allfrikkin'new. Mmmm...I'm thinking Wabi, no Pinney, no....
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Wutsa Pinney ?
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Old 05-08-15, 06:15 AM
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Wutsa Pinney ?
Spending too much recovery time on the web. Saw this yesterday and got a man crush. It looks my vintage (mebbe not as old as you ), but is brand spankinfrikkin new.
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But, what's the point of a lugged steel frame if it doesn't have a threaded headset and a quill stem ?
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
But, what's the point of a lugged steel frame if it doesn't have a threaded headset and a quill stem ?
Are you being serious? Cause, I mean, I agree. It looks weird to me, a threadless headset with a lugged steel frame.
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Are you being serious? Cause, I mean, I agree. It looks weird.
Definitely different. Got the lugged/quill thing going on another and it looks right.

I got over it pretty quickly staring at the pics, though
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That's what I also don't like about the Wabi Special, namely, lugged frame with big fat threadless stem.
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But if you want to dream about pretty lugged steel with a threaded headset and quill stem, perhaps this will do the trick:

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Old 05-08-15, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by North Coast Joe View Post
There are so many reputable manufacturers offering complete bikes with quality components at prices for which you can't build one. By building with all new quality parts you'll exceed the price of a comparable complete bike.

If you're talking retrofitting an older frame, that's another story, but in your post you indicated confusion regarding the variety of quality and branding. Not the best idea to do it in that case. The engineers and marketers putting packages together do so knowledgeably and at prices you can't match when buying one BB, etc.

My suggestion: get a nice bike in your budget build range. Ride it today. Keep your eyes open for a used frame to fit out as you have the time/money to research parts.

Man, I'd like a new bike. Brand, spanking, allfrikkin'new. Mmmm...I'm thinking Wabi, no Pinney, no....

ive heard this many times. and while you are correct from a cost perspective. I mentioned in my post. I dont care about cost to a degree. for me, part of the fun is putting it all together and planning the build out, im sure im not the only person on here with that mindset.

so i guess. first things first. If someone could perhaps point me in the direction of some good frame vendors that would be great. aside from that.. the Hubs are the other component im lost on what brand to go with... Or maybe just post some of your own builds.

basically. i view it like building a house. I need to get a good foundation going.. id hate to find out later i bought a frame from a junk company or something like that.

Thanks again!
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I really like BLB's La Piovra pista frameset. It's particularly pretty in green.
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I really like BLB's La Piovra pista frameset. It's particularly pretty in green.

thanks guys. i will check them out.
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