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Newbie needing advice - Need rear wheel and NY question.

Old 11-15-17, 04:08 AM
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Newbie needing advice - Need rear wheel and NY question.

I'm a long time cyclist who owns several nicer bikes, but never a single speed as an adult. I'm planning on living in New York for a few months in a year or so. I've heard/read that bike theft is a Big problem there, and it's best to own a simple SS/FG and don't leave it out at night. Is this the case? Should I not take my touring bike there for daily riding? If not, I do have a very decent late 80s steel frame that I can easily build up as a SS. I'd basically just need a rear wheel(plenty of spare parts...). Any suggestions on something decent for under $100? The cheaper the better, but I don't want complete garbage. Cheap and low weight would be amazing, but of course nothing is usually particularly light And cheap...
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Old 11-15-17, 04:36 AM
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have you never been to a big city? never leave any bike out overnight unless it's the crappiest looking thing ever and you literally don't care about it at all.
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Yeah definitely don't leave anything out overnight. If you're going to be commuting to work or anywhere else where you'll be locking up outside for several hours at a time, then ride something you wouldn't be heartbroken about losing. Otherwise, just lock up well. You can get both wheels and the frame locked using a Kryptonite or similar u-lock and cable. I also secure the saddle on my beater bike (a single-speed) using a length of old chain looped around one of the saddle rails and a seat-stay. Velomine.com is a good place to get cheap SS/FG wheels if you go that route.
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I have had great luck with these. Vuelta Zerolite Track Wheelset - Nashbar The bearings only last 5k miles, but for the price they work well. They stay true and ride well.
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I have had great luck with these. Vuelta Zerolite Track Wheelset - Nashbar The bearings only last 5k miles, but for the price they work well. They stay true and ride well.
PS NYC is great for riding. I spent a summer's day riding my fixed gear around Statten Island, Manhattan and Brooklyn. We had a ball. I went back a month later to ride the Hudson bike trail and take the ferry to Govenors Island. Riding in traffic was easier than in my rural home as the traffic was slower and the cars are expecting to see bikes. Great fun.
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
I'm a long time cyclist who owns several nicer bikes, but never a single speed as an adult. I'm planning on living in New York for a few months in a year or so. I've heard/read that bike theft is a Big problem there, and it's best to own a simple SS/FG and don't leave it out at night. Is this the case? Should I not take my touring bike there for daily riding? If not, I do have a very decent late 80s steel frame that I can easily build up as a SS. I'd basically just need a rear wheel(plenty of spare parts...). Any suggestions on something decent for under $100? The cheaper the better, but I don't want complete garbage. Cheap and low weight would be amazing, but of course nothing is usually particularly light And cheap...
My dad has an effective strategy for protecting his bike when he commutes in NYC: It's a cheap Wal-Bike that's not worth stealing, and doesn't hurt to replace if it IS stolen. This same strategy, combined with my Kryptonite NYFU lock kept me safe when I visited and biked around the city with him.

I wouldn't leave a nice bike locked outside anywhere out there.At least, not without its weight in U-locks attached.
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