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Is this a good starter bicycle?

Old 12-17-09, 12:46 AM
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Is this a good starter bicycle?

Hey Guys. lookin to get my first fixed/ss bike. Been lookin at em for a while, but never had the time to build one, or the money to buy a complete one.

However, given the amount of time i have been saving, i was wondering if this bike is good enough for starters. Because I dont want to invest money into a full-fledged track bike with no brakes. Im not exactly used to riding with no brakes.

By "good" i mean its components, wheel set, etc etc. What do you guys think about it?

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...st_al_carb.htm
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Old 12-17-09, 12:49 AM
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Old 12-17-09, 04:07 AM
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I would go ahead and try it out. If sizing is right, it shouldn't be all that bad. If ain't work out, hey it ain't costing you a fortune. You still win.

If all fails, you can go with these. (https://www.multisporthq.com/wp-conte...otricycle.jpeg)

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pretty good deal if it fits you.
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That bike is fine. The stock pedals may be a little janky [still ridable, just not very smooth] but otherwise the frame and wheels are solid and well worth the money.
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Never heard of the company, or that site.
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Originally Posted by Brian View Post
Never heard of the company, or that site.
I couldn't agree more...

The company looks a bit shady, I wouldn't buy a bike with no history or reputation that isn't directly posted in this precise page.
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Old 12-17-09, 08:43 AM
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Bikesdirect has been around for a number of years. Our Saturday groups rides have 3 or 4 bikes from them. The biggest issue with the bikes has been poor assembly otherwise you get what you pay for.
always remember strong, light, cheap - pick 2.
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Originally Posted by Murf524 View Post
Bikesdirect has been around for a number of years. Our Saturday groups rides have 3 or 4 bikes from them. The biggest issue with the bikes has been poor assembly otherwise you get what you pay for.
always remember strong, light, cheap - pick 2.
We're joking. I've got a Windsor from Bikesdirect, and probably half the people in ss/fixed either own, have owned, or know someone that owns a Bikesdirect bike. As far as your comment about "poor assembly", they make it abundantly clear on the site that the bike is only partially assembled, and will require a final assembly which should include a thorough inspection of all fasteners. This applies to any bike purchased over the internet.
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No, I can't claim that image. I just run across gems on Fukung.net and save them for later use.
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No, I can't claim that image. I just run across gems on Fukung.net and save them for later use.
One of my friends at work has a similar collection. He was very excited to use the "Disappoint" image recently.

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We're joking. I've got a Windsor from Bikesdirect...
I'd be careful... I know a guy who owned a BikesDirect fixed gear bike shortly after he purchased it his grandfather died of lung cancer. I'm not saying the two were directly related but I find it interesting that BikesDirect has not come forward to address these claims that owning one of their bikes will cause your family members to die.



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I'd be careful... I know a guy who owned a BikesDirect fixed gear bike shortly after he purchased it his grandfather died of lung cancer. I'm not saying the two were directly related but I find it interesting that BikesDirect has not come forward to address these claims that owning one of their bikes will cause your family members to die.
What about that fat guy with the JRA broken frame? The blogger who complained online that he couldn't get a free replacement after two years for his light XC frame that broke in half? Was that a BD bike?
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Originally Posted by HandsomeRyan View Post
I'd be careful... I know a guy who owned a BikesDirect fixed gear bike shortly after he purchased it his grandfather died of lung cancer. I'm not saying the two were directly related but I find it interesting that BikesDirect has not come forward to address these claims that owning one of their bikes will cause your family members to die.

Also, I have a Cuban friend who owns a Dawes. You don't want to be Cuban, do you?



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my little brother has one. I don't think he rides it often. I put it together for him, made sure everything was installed properly etc. i've taken it around the block when visiting my parents. not enough to review it though, seemed solid enough.
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thanks guys. yeah. I trust bikesdirect. Many of my friends have recommended it to me as a good place for a starter. I am not concerned with its credibility. But lol thanks guys. If need be, ill save up the money and gradually build the bike around the frame (i have been wanting an aero tubed frame drilled for brakes and can be used as an ss)- i didnt want to buy a cheap road bike, or a TT bike frame and ahve to buy any special hubs etc. But o well.

Tanks for the help guys. If you guys have any additional input, such as if I were to start throwing on better quality parts in the future, what I could be looking at.

What i actually wanna do for SURE, is to throw on bullhorns + tt bars. Wish the bike came in solid blue with no logos XD
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