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Which fixed gear to buy?

Old 07-27-09, 07:18 AM
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Which fixed gear to buy?

hi.
i'm looking for a fixed gear bike that is lightweight & has braze ons for a couple bottle holders, and those two on the rear that hold up a rack over the back tire.

i'm kind of leaning towards the langster, but its ugly as heck.


also i found this one online too.

http://www.feltracing.com/09-catalog...-curbside.aspx

i want the fixed to ride around town, and was hoping to switch it to the free side & do a small bike trip, about 300 miles with no hills to speak of. So thats why i'd like it to hold a rear rack.

does anyone have any suggestions?
thanks!
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Old 07-27-09, 07:28 AM
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I would suggest against the Langster and Curbside (unless you can get a screaming deal on the langster, which happens)-theyre expensive bikes, as commuters go; they're not to your liking aesthetically, and you can get cheaper bikes that match your specs that don't wiegh all that much more (just about all FGs are 'light', and you wont mind locking them up around town as much.

I don't recall exactly which models have rack eyelets off the top of my head, but I know a few exist and someone will post them soon :x
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Old 07-27-09, 10:10 PM
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Price wise, I was gunning for something under a thousand bucks. I'm running an old schwinn 10 speed and I think I'm due for an upgrade. I've got a 199? specialized crossroads thats light aluminum i've been meanin on switching to a fixed gear for over a year. It has vertical dropouts though, and i'm missing the rear wheel and cranks. So I figured by the time I got a new rear wheel (with one of those eno centric hubs to make up for the verticals) & the new crankset, I'd probably be better off just buying a new one, what with costs and making everthing line up. It had riser bars on it, so I'm not even sure if it would be a good fit for some drop bars like I wanted to put on there.

I guess the rear rack bolts aren't super important, as the tour will just be a once or twice thing probably, and mainly I just need a new bike to go to/from work every day. I was thinking of getting a specialized allez, since that'd be better for a tour, but the fixed gears just sound so fun to ride.


soooo, i guess... anyone have any suggestions on an aluminum -$1000 fixed gear bike that would also be good for a 400 mile bike trip?

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Old 07-27-09, 10:42 PM
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Old 07-27-09, 10:43 PM
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Old 07-28-09, 04:54 PM
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I ride a langster that I just aquired through a friend who gave up before he learned to ride...it is a seattle 08 I believe like the green paint ugle decals clearcoated over thoguh...we have a lot of pot holes here in hawaii and the langster is rough on roads compared to my steel framed le mans I ride however when the road is smooth so is the ride I put some drops and changed the stock pedals and clips cause plastic doesn't do it for me other then that the langster has been working out well as a commuter the pas two weeks ...that's my 2 cents for free
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Old 07-28-09, 04:59 PM
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Sorry for the poor spelling the joys of typing using phones...

If at any point you think you'll wanna do any more tricks then just wheelies don't bother with a langster...you need either 650 in front or a trailblade fork to spin a 700c and the frame is weak to be tricking
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Old 07-30-09, 05:13 AM
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raliegh one way, you get fenders and a brooks, plus it just look s classy.
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[QUOTE=shortshorts;9367915]Price wise, I was gunning for something under a thousand bucks. I'm running an old schwinn 10 speed and I think I'm due for an upgrade. I've got a 199? specialized crossroads thats light aluminum i've been meanin on switching to a fixed gear for over a year. It has vertical dropouts though, and i'm missing the rear wheel and cranks. So I figured by the time I got a new rear wheel (with one of those eno centric hubs to make up for the verticals) & the new crankset, I'd probably be better off just buying a new one, what with costs and making everthing line up. It had riser bars on it, so I'm not even sure if it would be a good fit for some drop bars like I wanted to put on there.

I guess the rear rack bolts aren't super important, as the tour will just be a once or twice thing probably, and mainly I just need a new bike to go to/from work every day. I was thinking of getting a specialized allez, since that'd be better for a tour, but the fixed gears just sound so fun to ride.


soooo, i guess... anyone have any suggestions on an aluminum -$1000 fixed gear bike that would also be good for a 400 mile bike trip?[/QUOTE]


Yes
The 2010 Dawes SST-AL is polished aluminum with carbon-fiber fork, Vero crank, rr rack eyelets & braze-ons, deep-v rims, formula high-flange hubs, and is only $369 delivered

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...st_al_carb.htm

Problem is 2010 version ships arounfd August 20th to 25th - bit of a wait; but lots of bike at under $400
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Originally Posted by bikesdirect_com View Post
Yes
The 2010 Dawes SST-AL is polished aluminum with carbon-fiber fork, Vero crank, rr rack eyelets & braze-ons, deep-v rims, formula high-flange hubs, and is only $369 delivered

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...st_al_carb.htm

Problem is 2010 version ships arounfd August 20th to 25th - bit of a wait; but lots of bike at under $400

This bike looks pretty cool actually. I've never heard of Dawes though, does anyone have any experience with 'em?
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Old 08-01-09, 06:14 PM
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The langster is a very nice bike, I've got about 2000-2500 miles on mine, but if you want a track geometry and outstanding looks, go elsewhere, it's not the bike for you, and it WILL bug you if you lay down that much money for one. I love it, because I use it for commuting and long distance rides, it's comfy, and works well.

I agree, pedals need to be replaced, but isn't that with most box brand bikes? they put cheap stuff on because they expect that you will run your preferred pedal.

oh the lightweight thing. . . don't bother unless you feel like stripping everything off of it, and you said you wanted to put a rack on it? why do you need it to be lightweight at that point?
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Originally Posted by shortshorts View Post
The 2010 Dawes SST-AL is polished aluminum with carbon-fiber fork, Vero crank, rr rack eyelets & braze-ons, deep-v rims, formula high-flange hubs, and is only $369 delivered
$369 delivered it looks like a very good deal to me. Everything appears to be good quality, the only cheesy item is the saddle. I like the little quality details like the steel inserts for the rear droputs and the wheel nuts with built-in floating washers. Also, I like the cranks with length proportional to frame size. A little heavy, perhaps, but for the price it looks very good. If I didn't have a SSFG already, I'd certainly consider it.

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Dawes is an old marque - good quality, English-made. I doubt this is by the original maker.
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Dawes is an old marque - good quality, English-made. I doubt this is by the original maker.
No doubt, probably Asian, but for the price it's very good IMO.
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don't buy a fixed gear, not worth it.
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I have a Langster and I love it. Granted some of the colorways they put out aren't too great, but there are some winners in there. I have the Boston edition, so it's just simple black and white with white rims and a white chain. My friend got the Tokyo edition and it's honestly a lot better looking in person. It's a great bike, plus it has the option of fixed or single (flip flop hub) so it should be perfect for what you're looking for.
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