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Help me find a euro-ready single speed

Old 06-22-12, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Repay us by not buying a 49cm bike. Please.
Don't worry.

Since I took a 55cm in the Kilo TT, I'd be a 58cm in most other bikes right? because the Mercier is sized center to center?
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Old 06-22-12, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by erea View Post
Don't worry.

Since I took a 55cm in the Kilo TT, I'd be a 58cm in most other bikes right? because the Mercier is sized center to center?
You'd really have to compare the geo charts. A 55cm kilo has a 55cm seat tube, center to center, but it has a 56cm top tube, which is really what your worried about.
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Old 06-23-12, 08:28 AM
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I think the issue is whether the tire will rub on your frame or fork or brakes. MTBs have used pretty wide tires on narrow rims for years.

The Gravity on BD has a sloping top tube and should be much more upright, but why not just get a bike in Austria? You could scout out some sites now. Surely there's a market for inexpensive bikes there as well as here.
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Old 06-23-12, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by garage sale GT View Post
I think the issue is whether the tire will rub on your frame or fork or brakes. MTBs have used pretty wide tires on narrow rims for years.

The Gravity on BD has a sloping top tube and should be much more upright, but why not just get a bike in Austria? You could scout out some sites now. Surely there's a market for inexpensive bikes there as well as here.
I have just heard that they are way more expensive there than here. I guess I should look around a bit.
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Old 06-23-12, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Motobecane Phantom Cross Uno. They have your size in Black and White. It's a pretty good alternative to a WT.
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm
What do you think about this bike? https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._al_carb_x.htm

It would be a lot lighter than any of these chomoly frames.
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Old 06-23-12, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by erea View Post
What do you think about this bike? https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._al_carb_x.htm

It would be a lot lighter than any of these chomoly frames.
Actually, not by much. They would also be a much better ride. Aluminum is pretty shaky, even with a carbon fork. This one also doesn't appear to have fender/rack mounts or clearance for large tires.


I'd go with the Uno.
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Old 06-23-12, 02:34 PM
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I'll be the one to post it... This is what Sheldon Brown had to say on the matter.
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Old 06-23-12, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
Repay us by not buying a 49cm bike. Please.
Hey what about a 53cm kilo tt? I found a few on BikesDirect that I like and they have them in 53cm. (My last Kilo TT was a 55cm)

I am 5'11", 170 lbs, regular length arms and legs.
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Old 06-23-12, 05:03 PM
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I'm 5'10" and my 53cm Kilo was a little too small. If your last Kilo was a 55 and it fit you, the answer is obvious.

Also, you seem to be missing my point that a lot of Kilos have different tire clearance. Seriously. I'm not kidding.
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Old 06-23-12, 05:05 PM
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Good to know. I think I'll stick to the 55cm.

That is so weird that they are so varied. My reason for putting on wider tires would be in case I ever have to ride over cobblestone in Vienna. Are there some like 28c tires that would be good for that kind of riding?
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Old 06-23-12, 05:06 PM
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Randos.

Some Kilos I've seen won't even fit a 28 in the front.
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Old 06-23-12, 05:09 PM
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Scrodzilla, can you change the title of the thread to something like "Help me find a euro-ready single speed"
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Old 06-23-12, 05:11 PM
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Yes.
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Old 06-23-12, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Yes.
Thanks. Well I'm pretty torn. I like the looks of the Kilo TT's and the Motobecane Track's way better the UNO or the Timeline.

Should I risk not being able to add fenders and wider tires for looks?
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Old 06-23-12, 05:33 PM
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Here are the 4 I've narrowed it down to:

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...rome_paint.htm

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ial_chrome.htm

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...r/timeline.htm

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...cane/track.htm


I'm really torn. I know that the timeline would be the most logical since it comes with wider tires, but I like the looks of the Kilo TT and the Track way better. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 06-23-12, 05:39 PM
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Get the Timeline
The TimeLine comes standard with 700x32c tires and can take wide tires up to 700x42c or even some 29x1.75".
Other track and most road bikes will be the wrong tools for the job if you really want wide tires and fenders.
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Old 06-23-12, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
Get the Timeline


Other track and most road bikes will be the wrong tools for the job if you really want wide tires and fenders.
I am new to cycling so maybe I'm not thinking about this the right way. The reason I am thinking about adding fenders and wider tires is:

a) I am thinking that some of the roads in Vienna will be too rough for thin tires 23-25c
b) I will most likely ride the bike to work, so I thought that fenders would be a good idea to keep me clean during the ride.

Do you think these are valid? I've never commuted before, and I've also never rode a bike in Europe. If they aren't, then I have no need for either fenders or wider tires.
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Old 06-23-12, 06:50 PM
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I'd say the timeline will work well for your needs, I used to have a Windsor the hour and I felt like was actually a little bit better quality than my current kilo. I actually switched to the crankset off my Windsor once the kilos nb kept creaking, also the tru tactic touro cranks would visibly flex left to right if I was hammering on my bike and leaning it as I pedaled, the cranks off the Windsor have never done this. The moto cross UNO would be good if you were going to encounter unpacked gravel road and things like tht
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Old 06-23-12, 07:38 PM
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From what I've noticed in Europe, most people don't really care too much about what bike they have. Actually most people try to ride something as common and undesirable looking as possible so that it doesn't get stolen. If it's going to get locked up outside I would do the same, a flashy bike really stands out here. And yes, get something that will handle wider tires, if you're new to cycling you will hate cobblestones on skinny tires.
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Old 06-23-12, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by FakeFuji View Post
I actually switched to the crankset off my Windsor once the kilos nb kept creaking, also the tru tactic touro cranks would visibly flex left to right if I was hammering on my bike and leaning it as I pedaled, the cranks off the Windsor have never done this.
That was the frame flexing, not the crank.
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Old 06-24-12, 01:05 AM
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there are bike shops in europe, we even have on-line shopping! these guys are good, they even ship into italy, quickly, that is a test. the key to online ordering in europe is, stay within the EU borders and you avoid customs delays and additional charges. the germans are the best, the uk is good but you have the pounds to euro conversion. the Italians make beautiful bikes but are not mentally suited to quick online transactions. if you return to the US and fill a suitcase with new parts, remove them from original packing before checking them as luggage, if your bags are opened at the border, your new items are "used" less import duty. you can not beat customer service from guys like scrod, the prices are tempting also, but the shipping delays and customs hassles and additional charges, make shipping into italy from the US, too much hassle. look towards german online for best parts in europe. scrod needs to open a euro shop, i know a location in rome, hint
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
That was the frame flexing, not the crank.
But after I switched cranks this went away?
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Old 06-24-12, 07:36 AM
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That was your brain flexing, not the frame.
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Old 06-24-12, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by nite train View Post
there are bike shops in europe, we even have on-line shopping! these guys are good, they even ship into italy, quickly, that is a test. the key to online ordering in europe is, stay within the EU borders and you avoid customs delays and additional charges. the germans are the best, the uk is good but you have the pounds to euro conversion. the Italians make beautiful bikes but are not mentally suited to quick online transactions. if you return to the US and fill a suitcase with new parts, remove them from original packing before checking them as luggage, if your bags are opened at the border, your new items are "used" less import duty. you can not beat customer service from guys like scrod, the prices are tempting also, but the shipping delays and customs hassles and additional charges, make shipping into italy from the US, too much hassle. look towards german online for best parts in europe. scrod needs to open a euro shop, i know a location in rome, hint
That is good to know. I took a look at that bike shop and it does look good. A little pricier than the US, but not bad.

The company I am working for is allowing me a 1500 kg shipping allowance, so there won't be any problems with customs or anything.

Would you still recommend buying in Europe?
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Old 06-24-12, 01:33 PM
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I would probably just buy in europe.
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