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Which bike do I get??

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Old 10-08-09, 10:25 AM
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Which bike do I get??

Hi All,

new to the forum and to the bike world, I want to purchase my fisrt bike but am limited in my budget $200- $300, have have researched 2 bikes in this range and would like your opinion if one is better than the other or if they are both trash. I was also lookin into the Mercier kilo TT on bikes Direct for $350 but that would be my last option if these bikes are considered a waste of money. Please provide feedback/opinion/advice. Thank you

OPTION 1

BIKE: 49cm Track Fixed Gear Chromoly Road Bike Bicycle NEW
STORE: Ebay-crosslakesales
Price: $250 + $50 shipping = $300

SPECS:

Frame Material Chromoly
Fork Chromoly
Handlebars Alloy
Stem Alloy 110 mm
Rims 700cm Swift Arriv 32 spoke aero, double wall, machined sidewalls
Hubs Sealed bearing Alloy, Flip / Flop rear hub
Spokes 14 gauge Stainless Steel
Fixed Gear 16T (hand tight)
Freewheel 16T
Brakes Promax front and rear (installed on bike, rear removed for photo)
Crankset Cold Forged Alloy 170 mm
Chainring 48T (chainring can be removed)
Weight Approximately 22 lbs

OPTION B

BIKE: 2010 DAWES MTA SINGLE SPEED BIKE
STORE: Ebay-chicabike
Price: $200 + $40 shipping = $240

SPECS:

Frame: Urban Single Speed Design, DuraFort, Water Bottle & Fender Mounts
Fork: DuraFort UniChrown w/ Fender Mounts
Headset: Tange 1-1/8 Threadless
Handlebars: 4130 Drop Bar
Stem: 4130 10 Degree Drop
Grips: Cushion Wrap Foam
Brake Lever: Radius 2 Finger Alloy, F & R
Brake(s): Radius Alloy Caliper F & R
Seat: Dawes Super Light
Seat Post: 4130 Straight Post 27.2
Crankset: 3-pc Alloy, Euro Cartridge BB, 42T
Chain: KMC Z410
Pedal: FPD Resin w/ Alloy Cage
Rim: Weinmann CN-520, 36H, Stainless Spokes
Front Hub: High Flange Alloy, 36H, Nutted
Rear Hub: High Flange Alloy, 36H, Nutted, 16T Freewheel

Tires: 700 X 28c
Extras: Front & Rear Fender Mounts, Removable Brake Cable Clips
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Ick! Get a bigger budget.
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Is it just me, or is the "Dawes MTA" not even on the Dawes website that the auction lists?

I would stay away from both and go with a bikesdirect bike. Neither of the one's listed give any idea of componentry. Seems shady to me.
What's wrong with one of bikesdirect's more budget-priced models? You can get the Motobecane Track and a front brake for about $300. Or a Dawes SST for $319. Much less shady.

Or, even cheaper (and likely higher quality)—keep your eyes on the local craigslist for a cheap vintage road bike. Spend $100 on the bike, plan to spend about $150 converting it.
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You. Get. What. You. Pay. For.
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Well worth the extra $50-100 bucks go go up one step in quality.
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my friend has the "option1". it works with on the freewheel side, but when you flip the wheel over to the fixed side the chain line is off because of some weird funky hub. bummer. don't do it. if i were you go with the kilo tt, motobecane messenger, or the clockwork orange
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