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Best Deal on a Fixie for under 3 bills?

Old 05-22-10, 09:11 PM
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Best Deal on a Fixie for under 3 bills?

Well I've looked on Craigslist for deals on used built up fixies, but no cigar.

So are there any other bikes I should know about besides BD bikes?

I'm looking at the Motobecane Track and Dawes SST. Any other suggestions?

I know people will probably refer me to the Kilo TT...Believe me, If I had the extra $$$...I'd jump on it. I just got vacay coming up, and need to save for school...Also need this bike ASAP to commute on.

And just my 2cents, I like the clean look of the Motobecane...because of how it doesn't have the decals on the tubes. I can deal with the small badge on the front head tube.

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Old 05-22-10, 09:27 PM
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what are you doing to get to work now?
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Old 05-22-10, 09:35 PM
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Bus and walk. 5 miles to work. Been wanting to get a fixie for a while...this would be my first one.
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Old 05-23-10, 05:59 AM
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I don't believe either comes Fixxed they are both Single Speeds as shipped (you will need to buy a cog and lockring). I have an SST it's a nice bike though my primary reason for buying it over the any of the other $299 bikes were the Bars which I have since replaced. But for starting out the SST had the complete "look/style" I was looking for.
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Old 05-23-10, 07:20 AM
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personally, I would bus/walk a little longer and buy something a little nicer.
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Old 05-23-10, 08:04 AM
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Me too. Adding a hundred bucks to your budget will make a considerable difference.
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Old 05-23-10, 09:21 AM
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I like my moto track, but uh, i don't find myself commuting much on it. Go with the SST if you're commuting every day, since its SS.
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Old 05-23-10, 12:42 PM
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As I said I have the SST I threw a cog on it and have commuted at least 3-4 days a week on it since last june when I got it. it has never seen a mile with freewheel
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Old 05-23-10, 03:23 PM
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vdub, I don't think there are any alternatives for a new chromo* fixie <$300 other than BD. I too have been looking for a singlespeed commuter, and my choices are basically BD for the $300 range or a whole list of other bikes from LBS in the $400-500 range.

*Anything cheaper that's still a fixie is gonna be a hi-ten frame, which weighs a ton and is not worth the savings, IMO.
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Old 05-23-10, 04:36 PM
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UNO 399 fixie or SS was what I found to be best for commuting. I am getting mine in, in a few days. Same as everyone else though... 399 was the cheapest I could find for a bike that didn't need replacement parts asap... The UNO bas good parts (well enough to get you by for 6 months - year) to start, available for narrow or wide tires, can even fit 29s...
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Old 05-23-10, 05:36 PM
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Man, I'd go with the Motobecane Track.
I've got one and I love it to pieces, plus I like the no decal thing too.
Also, the headbadge on mine was just some cheap foil label and some double sided foam sticky tape junk. Peeled right off with my fingernails, so you can lose that too.
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Old 05-23-10, 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Humenbean View Post
UNO 399 fixie or SS was what I found to be best for commuting. I am getting mine in, in a few days. Same as everyone else though... 399 was the cheapest I could find for a bike that didn't need replacement parts asap... The UNO bas good parts (well enough to get you by for 6 months - year) to start, available for narrow or wide tires, can even fit 29s...
Which Uno? KHS Urban Uno? Origin8 Uno? Something else?
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Old 05-24-10, 12:09 AM
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mongoose cachet





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Old 05-24-10, 01:03 AM
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https://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-2011-SS-ROAD...item1e5bf015ff

this bike doesn't look bad. i've never seen one in person. you'll probably want to more or less completely disassemble and reassemble it though to grease threads and check everything is tight. that's true for any online bike though.

the windsor timeline doesnt seem too bad either, lots of tire clearance would be nice for commuting. like the above linked bike though it isn't very aggressive. also doesn't have a fixed cog included.

honestly 300 is gonna be crap. I wouldn't really recommend it.
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Old 05-24-10, 05:59 AM
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that bike got shot down in a different recent thread
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Originally Posted by JesusBananas View Post
Which Uno? KHS Urban Uno? Origin8 Uno? Something else?
I think he means FantomCross Uno from BD. I dig it as a commuter
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If you're really limited for cash, just get an old ten speed and a fixed rear wheel for it, all from CL. In my area, you could easily do this for less than $200, if not $150. That's what I did anyways, except I opted to have a freewheel.

Your mileage may vary, but it's worth a shot.
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Old 05-24-10, 02:53 PM
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Best deal for used road bikes is going to be at a flea market. They'll usually need plenty of work, but I've seen decent bikes for $25-$50. We picked up a 1979 Raleigh Roadster for my girlfriend for $30 late last summer. $45 for a complete overhaul at my LBS and it works just fine for her needs. She's out $75 (actually I am since I paid for both). If you are really that tight on cash, hit up a local flea market, find the guy selling used bikes, and negotiate. You'll come home with something decent for very little money. Spend a little more on a conversion and perhaps some new components and you could still be out much less than $300.
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Originally Posted by gumbii View Post
mongoose cachet





/thread...
Or not.
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is there a bicycle co-op in your area? you may find a good deal. I bought mine for $80 and wish I had researched better and saved more money because there were some nice used bikes between $200-300 available.
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Old 05-24-10, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by f50fan View Post
that bike got shot down in a different recent thread
yeah because it's ugly as hell

but as far as parts go it seems decent enough. i mean, 250 for a 4130 frame with formula hubs isn't bad.
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