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Can a decent SS be had for under 400?

Old 11-12-10, 04:39 PM
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My son has been riding the Windsor Hour I got him at BD since June, 10 - 20 miles a day (to school and back) 5 days a week. No problems. Pretty cheap alternative to him driving my car.

Of course, you might not think that is a decent bike.
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Old 11-12-10, 04:55 PM
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As far as complete bikes under $400 go, that's a perfectly "decent" bike.
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the hour is probably the most decent bike around if the primary concern is cost.
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Old 11-12-10, 05:22 PM
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lbs near my place IminusD has custombuilt fixies for 400 flat. flip-flop hub so ss too.
https://iminusd.com/2010/10/18/400-co...xed-gear-bike/
Used to be on a build similar to this before I switched to a track frame. great bargain haha definitely a "decent" bike in my opinion.
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https://www.irocycle.com/angusbuild-a...heelset-1.aspx

This is what i would get
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Old 11-13-10, 01:20 AM
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get a bmx, its SS it can barspinz, its compact, you'll be the coolest hipster around
 
Old 11-13-10, 01:38 AM
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Define decent. Do you want to look stylish or have a functional bike? I rode a https://www.torkerusa.com/bikes/commu...2011-udistrict (the 2009 model) for a year through a very harsh Minneapolis winter last year. It definitely probably didn't earn me mad style points, but it offers everything someone serious about making a go of commuting on a bike (much less a ss/fg) would want. While under $400 may not get you much of a bike, I think the U district is very under-appreciated.

My only real complaint with it would be the hubs on the wheels. I'm not much of a bike wrench (I've done my share of reading, and am capable of very rudimentary repairs on my bike) so I'm not sure if they're unsealed bearing or cup and cone or what, but I did manage to trash mine in a year. I'm not sure if it was the winter, me being heavier last year, just putting some distance on it (c. 13 miles everyday) or just not doing appropriate maintenance, but I mangled mine somehow. I brought it in for its first tuneup/repair after the winter, and had to have my front hub tightened/adjusted and a new axle put in, because apparently mine was bent. Not long after a brand new one was bent, leading to the bike shop telling me I messed something up in the hub and to plan on replacing it in a year (after I rode this wheel to death, which I thought was cooler than gouging me for a new wheel prematurely). I've since gotten a new bike, but I'll still be happy to ride this in the winter and beyond.
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Old 11-13-10, 01:47 AM
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irocycle.com ....theyre having a sale on overstock pre-builts i believe its still going.
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The IRO over-stocks have been out of stock for at least 3 days, if not, more.

BD is clearing out their stock of 2009 Clockwork for $270. $10 cheaper and it has better hubs, worth it.
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At my LBS they have SS and FG's for $400 (older models of course)

The FG's are usually cheaper, should probably go with one of those anyway!...
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I highly recommend getting a bike from Bikesdirect.com given your use of the word "decent" and your price range. They are cheap and definitely decent. I've bought a couple from them and have no complaints. Part of the fun too is making upgrades yourself as time goes on.
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I have hooked people up with some of the nicest SS bikes you have ever seen for far less than $400.00.

The best route is to convert a decent quality road bike without f'ing up the frame... there are 1000's of great bikes and frames out there that are far better than any entry level SS you can get at BD.

This is of course unless you want some cool tarck bike for doing mad bar spins... but if you want to ride and really enjoy the ride a conversion makes excellent sense.
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Old 11-13-10, 11:31 AM
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hook me up!
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Old 11-14-10, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by oneeyedhobbit View Post
Define decent. Do you want to look stylish or have a functional bike? I rode a https://www.torkerusa.com/bikes/commu...2011-udistrict (the 2009 model) for a year through a very harsh Minneapolis winter last year. It definitely probably didn't earn me mad style points, but it offers everything someone serious about making a go of commuting on a bike (much less a ss/fg) would want. While under $400 may not get you much of a bike, I think the U district is very under-appreciated.

My only real complaint with it would be the hubs on the wheels. I'm not much of a bike wrench (I've done my share of reading, and am capable of very rudimentary repairs on my bike) so I'm not sure if they're unsealed bearing or cup and cone or what, but I did manage to trash mine in a year. I'm not sure if it was the winter, me being heavier last year, just putting some distance on it (c. 13 miles everyday) or just not doing appropriate maintenance, but I mangled mine somehow. I brought it in for its first tuneup/repair after the winter, and had to have my front hub tightened/adjusted and a new axle put in, because apparently mine was bent. Not long after a brand new one was bent, leading to the bike shop telling me I messed something up in the hub and to plan on replacing it in a year (after I rode this wheel to death, which I thought was cooler than gouging me for a new wheel prematurely). I've since gotten a new bike, but I'll still be happy to ride this in the winter and beyond.
Functionality, as long as it's not butt ugly. It's not for commuting, so I don't know what to call it. I'll just be riding it daily for fun/exercise.

Don't have anything to convert.

I also don't understand the barspin jokes.

By decent I mean worth the money.

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Old 11-14-10, 08:55 PM
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If the bike is cro-mo or alloy and its under $400, its a heckuva deal.

Just be aware it won't be a major brand bike. If you can live with the fact its not a Trek, Schwinn or Cannondale, you've bought a nice bike for not a lot of money.
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Old 11-14-10, 09:38 PM
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redline 925? that's what i did. good for winter.
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Old 11-15-10, 12:14 AM
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nope. 90% of them are junk below 400. try again
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Originally Posted by killingspree View Post
nope. 90% of them are junk below 400. try again
Point of this thread is to find out the 10%?
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Old 11-15-10, 01:50 AM
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If a bike is hi ten steel, its a boat anchor and not worth keeping.

If its cro-moly, better. And double butted alloy is nicer still.

Carbon fiber is for the swank crowd with money to burn.
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Since IRO is out of stock I'm just gonna say mercier kilo tt from bikesdirect... reynolds 520... pretty much the same parts as a stock bianchi pista... at half the price
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Good old generic cro-moly. Can't ever go wrong with it!
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How about an 18lb 29er fixie for under $250?


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A unicycle? Yeah, that's a one speed wonder at that price!
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Originally Posted by avner View Post
I LOVE PARTIES

Check out https://www.slcycle.com/ they've got a great sale and they will ship.
Maddy for a little over $300, Sputnik for $440. That's some deal, OP. End thread!
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Old 11-15-10, 01:51 PM
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Madisons can be found for under $400. not sure if you would consider them "decent", but i've been enjoying mine
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