Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

My son is moving to Sacramento

Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

My son is moving to Sacramento

Old 05-25-20, 05:59 AM
  #1  
bmwjoe
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmwjoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Telford, PA
Posts: 354

Bikes: Pinarello FP Due, Cesare track bike modified for the street.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
My son is moving to Sacramento

My son has accepted an internship in Sacramento CA. He will be working about 4 miles from where he works. Looking at Google maps it appears Sacramento is flatter than 2-day old beer. This seems like the perfect commute for a single speed. My son is not a rider, but he is a hipster and it would do him good to ride. I think a single speed with flat bars would work. Now if it was for me, I would go straight for Wabi and be done with it. However, at $1000 opening bid that is too dear.

Any suggestions for an inexpensive single speed with flat or mustache bars that is available mail order? I am looking for something that is inexpensive and practical.

Ride Safe,

Joe
bmwjoe is offline  
Old 05-25-20, 08:20 AM
  #2  
aggiegrads
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sherwood, OR
Posts: 911
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 160 Post(s)
Liked 62 Times in 46 Posts
Motobecane Outcast Uno from Bikesdirect. $299 or $399 for the Pro with forged cranks and hydraulic brakes.

Cyclocross tough. Several folks on the forum have them.

Mercier Kilo TT and WT are also popular gateway drugs.

Last edited by aggiegrads; 05-25-20 at 08:28 AM.
aggiegrads is offline  
Old 05-25-20, 08:28 AM
  #3  
Lemond1985
Sophomore Member
 
Lemond1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 2,340
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1414 Post(s)
Liked 750 Times in 468 Posts
Sacramento is anything but flat to the east. Hopefully your son can find a place a little east of town. I used to live here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folsom,_California

It's basically at the foot of the Sierras, and endless climbing in all directions. Plus a river trail bike path that will take you downtown, I believe. It's a true cyclist's paradise if you get yourself situated in the right area. From Folsom, keep going east and you wind up at Lake Tahoe.
Lemond1985 is offline  
Old 05-25-20, 10:55 PM
  #4  
TwoWheelTony
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Sacramento, Ca
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
I live in Rancho Cordova which is slightly East of Sacramento (incorporated suburb? maybe 5-10 minutes from downtown Sac) and it is very flat and a cyclists dream (there is even a 30+ mile paved bike/walking trail along the American river if your feeling spicy), most streets around me have a generous "bike lane" (paved shoulder) there are even several bike groups on Facebook that do "ride parties" lots of amenities well within riding distance. I ride an upgraded Windsor "The Hour" that i purchased years ago (very cheap but perfectly ride-able out the box, $120ish from bikesdirect) and its difficult for me to even get winded on most rides (just an example of flatness)....grade A mountain biking about an hour up the freeway in Pollock Pines or even Tahoe, lots of riding opportunity.....

Last edited by TwoWheelTony; 05-25-20 at 11:15 PM.
TwoWheelTony is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 10:27 AM
  #5  
Cynikal
Team Beer
 
Cynikal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 6,056

Bikes: Too Many

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 11 Posts
Please don't move the Sacramento. Some of us like it here.


But seriously, depending on where his internship is, I would be thinking about bike security. If he is working Downtown make sure he has off street bike parking if possible. Feel free to reach out directly if you need anything. I'm a former bike pedestrian planner for several cities in the region. I'm happy to help him find a good safe route.

Last edited by Cynikal; 05-26-20 at 04:51 PM.
Cynikal is online now  
Likes For Cynikal:
Old 05-30-20, 05:25 AM
  #6  
bmwjoe
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmwjoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Telford, PA
Posts: 354

Bikes: Pinarello FP Due, Cesare track bike modified for the street.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by TwoWheelTony View Post
I live in Rancho Cordova which is slightly East of Sacramento (incorporated suburb? maybe 5-10 minutes from downtown Sac) and it is very flat and a cyclists dream (there is even a 30+ mile paved bike/walking trail along the American river if your feeling spicy), most streets around me have a generous "bike lane" (paved shoulder) there are even several bike groups on Facebook that do "ride parties" lots of amenities well within riding distance. I ride an upgraded Windsor "The Hour" that i purchased years ago (very cheap but perfectly ride-able out the box, $120ish from bikesdirect) and its difficult for me to even get winded on most rides (just an example of flatness)....grade A mountain biking about an hour up the freeway in Pollock Pines or even Tahoe, lots of riding opportunity.....
Thanks for the tips on bikes direct models. He will be living and working just east of the city on Tallho Dr. Google maps makes it look flatter than 2-day old beer. He is not a cyclist, but a 4.1 mile commute on flat roads looks dooable.

Ride Safe,

Joe
bmwjoe is offline  
Likes For bmwjoe:
Old 05-30-20, 10:58 AM
  #7  
TwoWheelTony
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Sacramento, Ca
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
If you mean Tallyho Dr in the Rosemont area thats a funny coincidence, i live about 2 miles from that exact road in the area of Bradshaw Rd/Mather Airport... i do not recommend riding west on Kiefer Blvd between South Watt Ave to Florin Perkins Rd as i have had a few close calls with drivers....better to go around to Folsom Blvd and continue the route
TwoWheelTony is offline  
Old 06-01-20, 04:18 AM
  #8  
bmwjoe
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmwjoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Telford, PA
Posts: 354

Bikes: Pinarello FP Due, Cesare track bike modified for the street.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by TwoWheelTony View Post
If you mean Tallyho Dr in the Rosemont area thats a funny coincidence, i live about 2 miles from that exact road in the area of Bradshaw Rd/Mather Airport... i do not recommend riding west on Kiefer Blvd between South Watt Ave to Florin Perkins Rd as i have had a few close calls with drivers....better to go around to Folsom Blvd and continue the route
Yep. That is the place. Near the high school. I will be driving to Chicago where he lives now mid-June then driving with him to Sacramento. If things go well I will have an extra day or two in Sacramento. I would like to rent a road bike and go riding on the extra day. I will bring my pedals and shoes. Is there a shop in the area that rents bikes?
bmwjoe is offline  
Old 06-01-20, 10:26 AM
  #9  
TwoWheelTony
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2020
Location: Sacramento, Ca
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by bmwjoe View Post
Yep. That is the place. Near the high school. I will be driving to Chicago where he lives now mid-June then driving with him to Sacramento. If things go well I will have an extra day or two in Sacramento. I would like to rent a road bike and go riding on the extra day. I will bring my pedals and shoes. Is there a shop in the area that rents bikes?

The only shop i know of that rents is Folsom Bike near the Folsom Dam, its maybe a 20 minute drive total East up Highway 50 then you can take Folsom Blvd the rest of the way. Coincidentally, that shop is also right at the beginning of the 30+ mile paved Jedediah Smith Memorial biking/walking trail...
TwoWheelTony is offline  
Old 06-25-20, 10:36 PM
  #10  
bmwjoe
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmwjoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Telford, PA
Posts: 354

Bikes: Pinarello FP Due, Cesare track bike modified for the street.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
I called a bunch of bike shops in Sacramento and no way would they rent considering Covid-19. I Googled "bike share in Sacramento" and Practical Bikes in Folsom popped up. They had a fleet of aluminum hybrids that looked decent. I did the deal 100% on line and it was smooth. When I showed up the bike was there. I screwed on my pedals (speedplay), adjusted the seat and off I went. The first day I went up to Folsom lake via the Johnny Cash trail then to the park at the lake. I returned along the American River Trail. It was about 48 miles of great riding. Today I went down to the trail again and rode into Sacramento proper and did a loop of the city, which was fun. After lunch I rode back up to Folsom to return the bike, about 66 miles total. The only bad part was it got stinkin' hot, 102F. All in all I had a great time. It would have been much better on my fixed gear, but geared riding is much better than no riding.
bmwjoe is offline  
Old 06-26-20, 04:34 PM
  #11  
pbass
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 685

Bikes: Surly Cross Check, Kona Rove ST

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 117 Post(s)
Liked 61 Times in 47 Posts
Really nice area up there, used to visit when I lived in the Bay Area. I live right by the mountains in SoCal now and am jealous of folks having the option to NOT climb your arse off every ride.
pbass is offline  
Old 06-26-20, 04:40 PM
  #12  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 38,939

Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2208 Post(s)
Liked 851 Times in 447 Posts
Originally Posted by bmwjoe View Post
Thanks for the tips on bikes direct models. He will be living and working just east of the city on Tallho Dr. Google maps makes it look flatter than 2-day old beer. He is not a cyclist, but a 4.1 mile commute on flat roads looks dooable.

Ride Safe,

Joe
Yeah, still pancake flat in Rosemont. A single speed is perfect for that.
caloso is online now  
Old 06-27-20, 08:04 AM
  #13  
bmwjoe
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
bmwjoe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Telford, PA
Posts: 354

Bikes: Pinarello FP Due, Cesare track bike modified for the street.

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 16 Posts
I did ride his commute ride one morning and it was easy. Flat and fairly easy roads. California is a bit more bike friendly compared to Pennsylvania. I am not sure he is willing to ride to work, but it would be a good thing IMHO.

I had a great time in Sacramento. I rode 115 miles in two days. The only tough bit was the 102F heat.


One of the many bridges on the American River trail

The Johnny Cash trail around Folsom prison

The trail is just 32 miles of very nice!
bmwjoe is offline  
Likes For bmwjoe:
Old 06-30-20, 06:00 PM
  #14  
Tacoenthusiast
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Posts: 232
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Liked 214 Times in 81 Posts
Sacramento is perfect for single speed
​​​​​​completely pancake flat and relatively bike friendly

I grabbed a nashbar single speed cyclocross bike and use it all over
Bikes direct kilo WT (wide tire) would be a good budget option compared to the wabi
Tacoenthusiast is offline  
Old 07-01-20, 10:03 AM
  #15  
MixedRider
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Seattle
Posts: 171
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 26 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sacramento is great! Singlespeed, yes! Get a flip/flop hub with an easier gear on one side if he wants to ride to folsom lake or the coastal/wine/beer country.
The American river trail is an awesome spot to ride too!
MixedRider is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.