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Old 01-12-10, 03:23 AM
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Fixed Gear Help

Im looking to buy my first fixed gear bike, i found this bike through searching google for "fixed gear" let me know what you guys think. the bike looks nice the only thing that concerns me is the weight of the bike. is 22lbs "too" heavy? what should the average weight for a fixie be? feedback would be much appreciated


https://cgi.ebay.com/58cm-track-fixed...:B:SRCH:US:101
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Old 01-12-10, 03:26 AM
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20-24 pounds is a typical range for off the shelf fixed gear bikes.

no, it's not too heavy, ultimately.

if you want a bike in the 15 pound range it will cost a lot more.....and the benefits for most riders are minuscule.
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Old 01-12-10, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by unkwnsldr87 View Post
Im looking to buy my first fixed gear bike, i found this bike through searching google for "fixed gear" let me know what you guys think.
If you are looking in this price range also check out bikesdirect. Picking the first google result seems kinda risky. A lot of people on this forum ride and praise BD bikes, especially the mercier kilo tt, windsor hour etc. I have a kilo myself and love it. Good bikes to get started with.
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Old 01-12-10, 06:00 AM
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The bike is probably ok to ride (at least I don't see anything glaringly wrong), but what you get is exactly what you pay for here - the cheapest of the cheap.
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Old 01-12-10, 03:35 PM
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There's been quite a few of these threads, and in 100% of the ones I've seen, we come to the conclusion that a kilo tt from bikesdirect.com is the best way to go. I believe it comes with a free brake set and I believe bikesdirect has free shipping. Or you could always settle for a weaker fork and go with the windsor hour for 279 + free brake + free shipping. That's 20 bucks less than what you're looking at on ebay
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Old 01-12-10, 05:39 PM
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I've seen those wheels on some Schwinns at Target, but can't find any info on them.
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Originally Posted by magic-conch View Post
There's been quite a few of these threads
from noobs with like 3 posts. i'm thinking someone is advertising.

not that this forum isn't just a giant bikes direct ad.
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Old 01-12-10, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by dayvan cowboy View Post
from noobs with like 3 posts. i'm thinking someone is advertising.

not that this forum isn't just a giant bikes direct ad.
the cowboy is on to something...
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Old 01-12-10, 07:31 PM
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Those Crosslake Sales bikes are, uh...okay (my neighbor had one for about 10 minutes before selling it and buying a Clockwork) but for the money, there's WAY better out there. I recall the geo being really wonky and it having a really dumb 1 1/8 threaded fork/headset.

Oh, and if you're advertising:

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Theres a reason BD bikes are almost advertised. Give me a good reason I would pay twice the amount of my kilo for a bianchi pista. Stock they have VERY similar components, and there even seem to be widespread complaints about cracks and other troubles with the pista frames. You are basically paying a huge premium for an 'italian' name brand, which actually imports all their bikes from a factory probably right next to the BD factory in Taiwan.
And most fixed gear riders on this site are on the market for these 'low end' bikes... in the end they are all basically the same and BD is cheaper. Steamrollers are nice for their versatility though imo.
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Old 01-12-10, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dayvan cowboy View Post
from noobs with like 3 posts. i'm thinking someone is advertising.

not that this forum isn't just a giant bikes direct ad.
Hmmm, this makes me rethink twice about replying to such questions now.
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Old 01-12-10, 08:31 PM
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The Crosslakes aren't bad but as others have said, you can get something similar or better for less. If you get a bike online, have your bike shop retension/retrue the wheels as these internet bikes have machine built wheelsets that often aren't true or have properly tensioned spokes. The 48-16 gearing is a little steep for newbies or those with lots of hills; I'd get a 17 or 18T cog for starters, save the 16 for later. Check the brakes to make sure they are adjusted correctly. These bikes come partially disassembled so you'll need to know how to put the handlebars on, seatpost, saddle, etc. Get a friend that's done it before to help; it'll go a lot easier.

unkwnsldr87, if you live in a large metropolitan area, check Craigslist for deals on fixed gear bikes. Lots of threads here on entry level fixed gear bikes; what's important and what's not so important. One thing that is important is to read the Sheldon Brown website. You can start here: https://sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html
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Originally Posted by gobby1095 View Post
Theres a reason BD bikes are almost advertised. Give me a good reason I would pay twice the amount of my kilo for a bianchi pista.
Reason #1: Apparently bikesdirect only sells their stuff in the USA.
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