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Advice for a New Rider

Old 12-15-05, 03:13 PM
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I got lucky and scored a used lugged steel frame with true track geometry for $150.00 and I put about $400 in wheels, cranks, bars, stem, post and saddle. I get lusty for a new frame but mine works fine on the road, on the track and even speedway racing. Im sure eventually I will go for something I really want but in the mean time enjoying what I have. Oh, advice....get fixed and have fun. Definately steel, lugged and get a proper fit, decent set of wheels (open pros for me) etc. You can't go wrong. Esp in todays used track bike market...jt
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Old 12-15-05, 07:53 PM
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Wow, I'm truly humbled. Thanks for the responses. Yes, I am a grad student and yes that was a serious post. And, yes, I'm naive. I simply had no idea how much those frames cost. I've ridden bikes for my whole life and have become more interested in steel race bikes. Thanks for the advice re: cheaper options. I figured that I could get a simple frame from one of those guys for around 700 or so. How wrong I was. Re: how the hell I could afford something like that -- I can't. I'm not a trust fund kid and rely on a cheap TA stipend and the good folks at FAFSA for the rest. Sorry to come off as some rich jerk.
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Old 12-15-05, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by aminadab
Wow, I'm truly humbled. Thanks for the responses. Yes, I am a grad student and yes that was a serious post. And, yes, I'm naive. I simply had no idea how much those frames cost. I've ridden bikes for my whole life and have become more interested in steel race bikes. Thanks for the advice re: cheaper options. I figured that I could get a simple frame from one of those guys for around 700 or so. How wrong I was. Re: how the hell I could afford something like that -- I can't. I'm not a trust fund kid and rely on a cheap TA stipend and the good folks at FAFSA for the rest. Sorry to come off as some rich jerk.
Where are you based? There's still a chance there are local framebuilders that can build you something for a bit less than those gentlemen would.
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Old 12-15-05, 08:27 PM
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I appologize for my presumption. There are a lot of good frames in that price range, but not customs as far as I know. Read through tthe threads here, and you'll get some good ideas fairly easily.

For components you don't need full track stuff for the road, or even to race on the track for that matter. You'll hear people wax poetic about Sugino 75 cranks, and Campy C record, and full NJS etc. but if you just want a good bike you can enjoy riding none of it is neccessary. A good road crank with a single road ring will still pull the chain around just fine.

Wheels are the place you want to sink most of your money I think. It's the rear hub that sets a fixed gear bikes apart from other bikes.
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Old 12-15-05, 11:40 PM
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i also thought this was a fake post, being poor, i was kinda ticked that a noobie was going to get to the point that i wanted my bike to be (and im sure most of us) faster than me. noobies can't have a bling bike right away, not before me!

i really don't think he should spend more than 100 bucks on this, especialy if it's for coffee runs/weekend stuff. you should look for a cheap bike at a thrift store 5-40 bucks, overhaul it, and then rota fixa a dura ace cog 20 bucks, 20 bucks on nashbar tires

bike =40
cog= 20
tires=20-40
rotafixa= http://rotafixa.org/fisso/eng/schpignone.htm

the cost of everything else is aesthetics and tools (unless you have them). if you really want it to look nice you can spend an extra 5 bucks on metal polish and polish everything up really nice. and then buy a 5 dollar can of of spray paint and paint over it. that's what i did, i didn't even sand it, haha suckers, came out great
 
Old 12-16-05, 09:55 AM
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I've got nothing but love for the liberal arts folk. As I have an English B.A., and will hopefully one day fulfill my desire for an M.A.

Anyway, do you know anyone who rides fixed? That would give a better idea of whether you want to do a conversion, or buy something off the rack and shape it to fit your needs.

I favor conversions myself, but for what I've ended up spending on them, I really could've gotten something entry level or better. But I like used things, it feels like I'm giving my bikes a new life.
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