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Cheapest Fixie Possible?

Old 08-15-09, 02:36 AM
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Cheapest Fixie Possible?

I just want something that I can ride, really don't care how nice it is.

What's the cheapest route to getting a fixie? Any suggestions?

Thanks Alot
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Old 08-15-09, 02:56 AM
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Would a 60cm be the right size for me if I'm 6'2?
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Old 08-15-09, 03:02 AM
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look for an old 50 pound conversion on craigslist. i've seen a few go for ~200 or less.
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Old 08-15-09, 03:11 AM
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I'm thinking maybe selling my Trek 7.2fx for hopefully around 300 and then getting a Mercier Kilo TT for 350 shipped...

Would the 60cm be too big?
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Old 08-15-09, 04:09 AM
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troll garage sales and dump days. 10 speed for like 10 dollars.

if you have experience wheelbuilding you could rebuild a formula hub into a rim with probably even the same spokes and nipples for true cheapassery (relace 2x if too short, put twists in if too long etc) that's a bad idea, but cheap.

if you can't just buy this rear wheel: https://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1639

though wheel sizes won't match (front will likely be a larger 27"). if you want them to match pay a hundred for for one of the other ones there (with 120 rear spacing).

maybe 40 bucks for tires and tubes from performance. also a 3/32 cog and lockring, that's like 25? so maybe 170 for a conversion.

might as well go with something like this: https://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ROAD-BICYCLE...d=p3286.c0.m14

and use ebay bucks and bing cashback to make it like 215 shipped. it's nothing special of course.

i'd personally save up for a bikes direct bike at least...
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Old 08-15-09, 05:25 AM
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Wal-Mart. $79. or thereabout for a SS cruiser. They'll help size you. You'll be in.
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Old 08-15-09, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by dpc1192 View Post
I'm thinking maybe selling my Trek 7.2fx for hopefully around 300 and then getting a Mercier Kilo TT for 350 shipped...

Would the 60cm be too big?
$300 for your used 7.2 FX might be optimistic. It's not hugely desirable but you might get close to that.

I am 6'1" and ride a 57 cm Kilo. It fits just right. They should make a 59 cm instead of going to a 60. I can't tell you if a 60 is right for you but my preference is a bike that is 1 cm smaller than a bike that is 1 cm too big. YMMV.
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Old 08-15-09, 10:44 AM
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comes with a front brake and everything
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steal one.
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Old 08-15-09, 01:54 PM
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wow I wish people on here could just be helpful instead of sarcastic.

so you'd go with the 57cm over the 60cm mercier?
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Urban Outfitters sells one....
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Originally Posted by dpc1192 View Post
wow I wish people on here could just be helpful instead of sarcastic.

so you'd go with the 57cm over the 60cm mercier?

you don't understand that morons like you come to this forum day after day asking the same questions
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Originally Posted by Mattpatt View Post
Urban Outfitters sells one....
If you're going to buy those Republic bikes, might as well pull one out from the dump.
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Originally Posted by bluej7 View Post
you don't understand that morons like you come to this forum day after day asking the same questions
It doesn't mean you have to be an a hole. Just don't write anything. How hard is that?
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I'd be hesitant to go the "cheapest" route you can go. Yes, you'll have something you can ride, but it won't be fun and you'll want to change it up almost immediately...ultimately making you spend more money. Just count on spending a few hundred and at least get a bikesdirect rig or something. That would be my recommendation.
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Old 08-15-09, 03:23 PM
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ask in the kilo tt thread...
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Old 08-15-09, 09:00 PM
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Whats your price range to spend?
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Old 08-15-09, 09:19 PM
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dpc1192,

Clearly, you are taking a little (not too much really) flack over your question. I'd ask you to take a close look at what you are asking and you'll quickly see why. Asking for the cheapest possible fixed clearly implies (not necessarily true but certainly implies) that you are looking for a fashion statement, have done little or none of your own leg work and beyond that your personal safety is secondary. You gave no details such as price range, you are asking people who don't know you at all and to fit you over the internet with a single given dimension (height) - which clearly shows you know little to nothing about how to correctly fit yourself on a bicycle. On and on.

I'm not taking cheap shots at you. I'm pointing out that you have no right to expect people to just do all of this for you and have them thank you for the question. Helping is one thing but doing everything for you is another. To put a fine point on it - you are being incredibly presumptuous (another way of saying that is "rude") and vaguely insulting. If you did not intend to be then I suggest posting a reasonable "oops" (everyone will accept that) and try to be more specific/give more details about what you want. Or, go to your local bike shop, talk with them and get their advice. Do not be afraid to make your first question about their awareness of used bikes they sell or are aware of in the area. You can appropriately imply you are new to the area or to cycling and just looking to get on board. Be honest, direct and reasonably humble. They will help you as they will someone who as time goes on will drop coin in their shop. That's really the proper way to go. Spend your money locally and engage the local professionals as much as possible. You will be helping them keep their jobs and you'll end up with a better product. Win-win.
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i like short top tubes so i would go one or two sizes smaller in the kilo for myself (my trek is 56 square tt and st, my other bike is 55 square)

measure the length of the bike you have properly adjusted of the bb to the clamp on the seat tube. take ths number and subtract about 5 inches or ~10 cm. that's a VERY rough estimate of your frame size i guess.
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If you are in it for the fashion statement, don't get a UO bike because everyone will know it's a UO bike and it will work against you. And the irony will not give you hipster points.
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Originally Posted by dpc1192 View Post
wow I wish people on here could just be helpful instead of sarcastic.

so you'd go with the 57cm over the 60cm mercier?
Dood. With a question like this, you are being treated well... believe me!
Best, and good luck.
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Originally Posted by oldfixguy View Post
dpc1192,

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I'm not taking cheap shots at you. I'm pointing out that you have no right to expect people to just do all of this for you and have them thank you for the question. Helping is one thing but doing everything for you is another....
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Oldfixguy. I love your posts.
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Old 08-15-09, 10:48 PM
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it's not about a fashion statement, it's about me always wanting a road bike but never finding an affordable one.

And I've ridden a fixed gear and it was so much fun.

Someone offered me 275 for the trek and I think I'm gonna take it then just pay 75 for the kilo Tt
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Old 08-15-09, 11:00 PM
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Keep your 7.2 FX. In a year, you'll wish you still had a bike as versatile. Racks, fenders, bells, lights...
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Your 7.2fx is a decent bike, I feel like you might be throwing bad money after good here. Why don't you focus your cash on adding some Origin 8 drop ends with some tape for more aero hand position and component upgrades. Seems like an easier way of getting some semblance of a road bike than the route you're proposing.
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