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hi tensile steel good on a Dixie or?

Old 09-07-15, 11:35 PM
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hi tensile steel good frame for a fixie?

Does anyone have any comments about hi tensile steel frame on a fixie? Bike would be used mainly for exercise.

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Old 09-08-15, 02:49 AM
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Don't refer to the bikes as fixies, it's a fixed gear.

As for your question, it really depends on your budget. How much money do you have to spend? If possible, you really don't want a hi tensile frame....but if you only have a very limited budget, you might not have a choice.

If you are on a tight budget, I would check out used bikes with a decent steel/double butted frame. In case you do end up liking fixed gear bikes and start riding for fun (not just exercise) or choose to upgrade some parts, it's better to have a decent frame to start with.
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Old 09-08-15, 03:13 AM
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Hi-ten frames are heavy and flexy, but they can last forever and make good beaters.
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It's just a lower grade of steel. In order to make the frame strong enough, the tubes are thicker than a higher quality steel, resulting in a heavier bike. High-ten will last decades and is perfectly fine for a casual exercise bike. If you wanted to race or participate in high performance recreational riding, then a lighter frame is certainly advantageous.
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As explained above, there is nothing inherently wrong with high tensile steel, one of my favorite bikes has a hi-ten frame.

There is one caveat however, inspect the welds on the prospect bike to ensure they appear to be properly done. The problem with a "cheap" bike can be in the workmanship and not the material it is made of.
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Thanks respondents. I am also looking at the specialized sirrus. Base model. Any thoughts will be well received. Obviously not a fixed gear.
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Also looking at specialized sirrus. Base model. Not a fixed gear. Any thoughts?
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i only ride bikes made from 1020 rebar steel because jet fuel cant melt them.
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Dixie cups are made of paper.
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Originally Posted by sunguyto View Post
Thanks respondents. I am also looking at the specialized sirrus. Base model. Any thoughts will be well received. Obviously not a fixed gear.
That Specialized is around $500. Is that your budget? It would help out a lot more if you told us how much you want to spend.
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My budget is 4 to 6 hundred. Conflicted about Raleigh back alley fixed gear or the specialized sirrus. Base model. Both in my price range.
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Old 09-08-15, 05:33 PM
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Is this really the right place to ask about a Sirrus? Couldn't you just start yet another thread about that particular bike??

I kid... mostly. You do start a lot of threads asking the same question

As for the Sirrus, I used to have one. Very nice bike for what it is - solid feeling, well made, and pretty quick. I'd get another if I ever felt like going back to hybrids.
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Old 09-08-15, 05:52 PM
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Hey Jeremy! Do you ride fixed by any chance? Any knowledge you could impart on the Raleigh back alley?
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
Dixie cups are made of paper.
Been waiting for that
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