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Old 03-04-12, 06:29 PM
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Newbie would like to say hello to everyone

Hi there, my name is Michael, and I'm 25 years old and looking to buy my first fixed gear bike. I did some snooping online, and some googling on the bikes I found. And I've narrowed it down to either a Gravity Swift2, or the Dawes SST AL. I'm favouring the Dawes, admittedly because I like the look of the frame, and the deeper v rims.
Is there anything you'd like to tell a newbie about those two choices? or even just riding fixed gear in general?


Ps. There seems to be a WEALTH of knowledge here, so I'm happy to be part of the forum.
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Come on, guys...

Of those two bikes, I would lean more toward the SST-AL if the choice were mine. A friend of mine has one and it's a pretty cool bike. For the same money though, I would probably get a Kilo TT.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Come on, guys...

Of those two bikes, I would lean more toward the SST-AL if the choice were mine. A friend of mine has one and it's a pretty cool bike. For the same money though, I would probably get a Kilo TT.
Hahaha, nah I expected some hazing, it's all good. I saw the kilo tt, Nothing about it really jumped out at me, Yeaaaaa I know, I'm a fasionista.. I can't help it! I was leaning pretty hard towards the SST AL as well, so that's pretty good news. I don't expect any low end bike to be perfect but it seems like most of the complaints were personal things like seats and such. I figured if it's my first bike I shouldn't be worrying about things like that, I should be riding it!
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In all honesty, the SST-AL is a great bike for the money and the stock wheelset is considerably nicer than found on the Kilo. I say go for it.
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Old 03-04-12, 07:07 PM
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I get paid friday and I'm buying it. It's settled. Any tips for riding so I don't destroy it the day I get it?
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First and foremost - if you don't have the right tools to do it yourself, have the bike checked out by a mechanic at your local shop. The wheels will need to be tensioned/trued and your cog and lockring will need to be properly tightened before riding the bike. These things aren't optional if you want the bike to be around a while.
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So I should factor that into the cost. Alrighty. bummer that the wheels don't come trued. I guess I shouldn't expect that "factory direct"
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I could be wrong, but I seem to remember BD charges a ton of money to ship to Canada.
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1. Ship to ups store in NF, NY
2. ???
3. Drive 5 minutes and pick up bike
4. Profit
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Hope my quip didn't offend you there...
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Originally Posted by 2wheels2freedom View Post
1. Ship to ups store in NF, NY
2. ???
3. Drive 5 minutes and pick up bike
4. Profit
Although your "???" was misplaced, I like you.
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Originally Posted by 2wheels2freedom View Post
So I should factor that into the cost. Alrighty. bummer that the wheels don't come trued. I guess I shouldn't expect that "factory direct"
The stock wheels on most complete bikes are machine built and although they will be relatively "true" before shipping, they will need to be touched up by a set of capable human hands to ensure they stay true once you begin riding on them.

If you live that close to NY, it's a great idea to get it shipped to a UPS store.

BTW - my wife says hello. She's also Canadian and I'm pretty sure you're all either related or at least know each other.
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Don't forget to make sure you buy the right size.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
The stock wheels on most complete bikes are machine built and although they will be relatively "true" before shipping, they will need to be touched up by a set of capable human hands to ensure they stay true once you begin riding on them.

If you live that close to NY, it's a great idea to get it shipped to a UPS store.

BTW - my wife says hello. She's also Canadian and I'm pretty sure you're all either related or at least know each other.
100% true. I'll see how much my local shop charges for that.
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Although your "???" was misplaced, I like you.
Hah! I'm making friends already!
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Doing your research, asking meaningful questions, and taking advice means that you get a longer rope than the average new poster. Plus every one loves a good **********, profit joke.

You are doing alright so far. Just dont use the rainbow chain that KMC makes on any bike, ever.
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Doing your research, asking meaningful questions, and taking advice means that you get a longer rope than the average new poster. Plus every one loves a good **********, profit joke.

You are doing alright so far. Just dont use the rainbow chain that KMC makes on any bike, ever.


I make no promises on being tasteful bike wise, but I can promise I will never use that chain.
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Excuse my ignorance, but is there a thread explaining what measurements to take to fit my bike properly?
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Excuse my ignorance, but is there a thread explaining what measurements to take to fit my bike properly?
Funny you should ask....

FITMENT QUESTION?



>>>FITMENT CALCULATOR<<<


In all honesty, just use this, it'll give you a good starting point on what your fitment needs will look like.
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Originally Posted by Jaytron View Post
Funny you should ask....

FITMENT QUESTION?



>>>FITMENT CALCULATOR<<<


In all honesty, just use this, it'll give you a good starting point on what your fitment needs will look like.
Thank you SO much, will go over these when my gf gets home so I can get fitment for her bike and mine. You're a saint! I wish this place had rep!
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Thank you SO much, will go over these when my gf gets home so I can get fitment for her bike and mine. You're a saint! I wish this place had rep!
Glad I could help, from there you can compare geometry charts of bikes you are interested in, and see which will fit you the best.
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Scrod, think they would be ok to ride back across the border? I'm thinking about bringing my tools with me and assembling the bike outside the ups store, then riding it home.
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