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Old 06-01-07, 08:47 PM
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Scwinn Sprint

I found this bike on craigslist and wondering if you believe it is a good fixie for a beginner. I have been jonesin for a fixie for a while but I havent had any money to build one.
~80's Schwinn Sprint Fixed Gear Road Bike~
~This bike is in good condition, it rides well. Tires arent in the best of shape but they ride fine. Back rim is slightly bent but it that can be trued easily at a bike shop. when i came across this bike the gears were unsalvagable, so I converted it to a fixed gear. The other sprockets are still there so if you have a chain tool you can adjust it to your liking. this bike is extremely light. It fits me well and I'm 5'10". Good bike for the city. I apoligise for the price increase but i have an offer for $50 on monday. If anyone is willing to pay 50 sooner than that it's all yours.~
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Old 06-01-07, 08:53 PM
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That's not a "fixie".
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Well other then the fronst sproket which i would change out that day is it good?
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It's decent- most definitely not fancy or anything, but for $50, you really can't go wrong. Enjoy!
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Just to be clear - it's not a fixed gear, it's a single speed. Well really it's a 10 speed, the 5 speed freewheel is still on it with the chain shortened to essentially function like a single speed. Except you're going to drop your chain to the next lowest cog in the back all the damn time unless your chainline is perfect. And it probably isn't. I wouldn't buy it for $100 (I think that's what you're saying it would cost).
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Originally Posted by BostonFixed
That's not a "fixie".
Define "Fixie"
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Originally Posted by dobber
Define "Fixie"
wow you really should do te most basic amount of investigating before posting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed-gear_bicycle


that bike is NOT fixed gear aka "fixie"
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Courtesy of Google images:
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Originally Posted by Philatio
Just to be clear - it's not a fixed gear, it's a single speed. Well really it's a 10 speed, the 5 speed freewheel is still on it with the chain shortened to essentially function like a single speed. Except you're going to drop your chain to the next lowest cog in the back all the damn time unless your chainline is perfect. And it probably isn't. I wouldn't buy it for $100 (I think that's what you're saying it would cost).
I would be paying $50 for the bike. What would i need to convert it into a "real fixie" other then a front sprocket and a new rear cog?
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That's a lot for a crappy Schwinn. I've seen way better bikes (Japanese made, double butted Chro-Moly frames) for under $30. Besides that's not even a fixie. Consider that you're going to be spending upwards of $150 for just a track wheelset, and reconsider your frame. Don't spend $250 on parts and labor and have it be crap because what you started with sucks.

If you're trying to stay cheap, look for something like a Univega, Panasonic, or Miyata. These are generally cheap and are pretty decent if you're not going to get a new track frame.
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Originally Posted by Morgie
wow you really should do te most basic amount of investigating before posting

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fixed-gear_bicycle


that bike is NOT fixed gear aka "fixie"
Thanks for the clue, Blue.
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If you want to ride it as-is, sure. It's not a bad bike, by any stretch. Don't think I'd sink too much loot into it, though.
That said, I bought a red one for my girl and fixed it up so she could ride with me ($20). She wanted to keep the gears, so I left 'em initially, but now she wants me to strip it down to a SS since it's so ******** heavy and she never shifts anyway.
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