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Fixed Gear Frame for Hard Core Fitness Riding

Old 09-19-12, 10:12 AM
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Fixed Gear Frame for Hard Core Fitness Riding

Hi, I am new to the site. Looking to purchase a fixed gear frame and then put some really nice components on it. I am not looking for an urban commuter bike but rather a bike I can use for hard core fitness on the road. I don't want a road bike because not into gears and all of that stuff. Some bikes look very much like commuters and others look like hard core track. I guess I am looking for FG frame with something that's between road/track in terms of frame geometry but I don't know how to translate that to the actual numbers and there are so many brands don't know where to start. Also, should I go steel or aluminum. Have done a lot of research on this website and others. All helpful but just confused. Any help much appreciated.
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Old 09-19-12, 10:31 AM
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Thanks guys, that was really helpful.

Starting with the basics:

Which color bicycle do you have in mind?
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it depends on fitness hardcore whethere or not the hammer is steel but aluminum is better but maximum speed
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Just looking for some general guidance.
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No one will be able to give you a definite answer here. There are a lot of different bikes in the world and we all reasons for what we choose.

The best thing to do is spend some time on the forums checking out what/how we all ride and do some research.
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Originally Posted by jsam View Post
Just looking for some general guidance.
1. Find a bike that fits.
2. Ride it.

You can toss a bunch of money at it if you want, but a $2000 bike that fits and has bling parts will give you the same workout as a $100 conversion (that fits).

Personally, having a bike that I can beat and not worry about makes me ride more often.
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Old 09-19-12, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
No one will be able to give you a definite answer here. There are a lot of different bikes in the world and we all reasons for what we choose.

The best thing to do is spend some time on the forums checking out what/how we all ride and do some research.
Been clicking on the peddle room links which are helpful. No doubt everyone has strong opinions based on what they ride. Also, I researched EAIBK, Dodici and Leader all of which you ride. Any opinion on which one makes the most sense for what I want to do? Also, looks like you ride steel frames. I originally settled on IRO based on research but impossible to find.
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Originally Posted by jsam View Post
Any opinion on which one makes the most sense for what I want to do?
What was it you want to do? "Hard Core Fitness"? In that case I think you should try running and crossfit. All of the bike frames you mentioned are commonly used on the street and have track geometry.

There is a newbie sticky. If you had read it you probably would have gotten a more informative answer.

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Old 09-19-12, 11:57 AM
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I'll give a straight answer: For less than $100 you can get an aluminum SSFG frame from Nashbar. If you're patient or have a coupon code, you could get it for even less. It's not especially light and it has a weird flat paint job on it, but it has road geometry, a brake bridge, and water bottle bosses. Build it up with reasonable parts (including brakes and fenders), beat the hell out of it all winter, and voila, next spring you will be a lean, mean, cycling machine.
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Originally Posted by jsam View Post
Been clicking on the peddle room links which are helpful. No doubt everyone has strong opinions based on what they ride. Also, I researched EAIBK, Dodici and Leader all of which you ride. Any opinion on which one makes the most sense for what I want to do? Also, looks like you ride steel frames. I originally settled on IRO based on research but impossible to find.
IIRC, IRO is no longer making frames.

You should get the BK, Dodici Gara or Leader Kagero then you can be twinsies.
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Kilo TT.... for reals....
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I'd suggest checking out some red bikes.
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I want to be hardcore but my mom doesn't let me.
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Originally Posted by jsam View Post
Hi, I am new to the site. Looking to purchase a fixed gear frame and then put some really nice components on it. I am not looking for an urban commuter bike but rather a bike I can use for hard core fitness on the road. I don't want a road bike because not into gears and all of that stuff. Some bikes look very much like commuters and others look like hard core track. I guess I am looking for FG frame with something that's between road/track in terms of frame geometry but I don't know how to translate that to the actual numbers and there are so many brands don't know where to start. Also, should I go steel or aluminum. Have done a lot of research on this website and others. All helpful but just confused. Any help much appreciated.
As one who does hard core training 6-7 days a week:

I have both road and track bikes. The road bike is BY FAR better for training than the track bike. I only use my track bike for track-specific training and track races. Everything else is done on the road bike.

I know this will probably fall on deaf ears, but: Buy a road bike.
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
What was it you want to do? "Hard Core Fitness"? In that case I think you should try running and crossfit.
Hard core fitness:
Pick up a big log and throw it. Walk up to it, pick it up, throw it again. Repeat.
Fill a backpack with sand. Climb a tree.
Carry a dog through a waist-deep mud bog.

Hard core fitness with a bike:
Pick up a bike and throw it. Walk up to it, pick it up, throw it again. Repeat.
Tie a bike to your back. Climb a tree.
Carry a bike through a waist-deep mud bog.

If those things are not hard core enough:
Bring a friend and have him punch you while you do it.
Or hit you with a broom handle.
Or some sort of giant piece of metal.
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Originally Posted by Bat56 View Post

Hard core fitness with a bike:
Pick up a bike and throw it. Walk up to it, pick it up, throw it again. Repeat.
Tie a bike to your back. Climb a tree.
Carry a bike through a waist-deep mud bog.
You mean cyclocross?
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Originally Posted by Soo__Fuego View Post
I want to be hardcore but my mom doesn't let me.
That is sick, dude.
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Originally Posted by Soo__Fuego View Post
I want to do Parkour but my mom doesn't let me.
fixed.
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Hardcore parkour!
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Originally Posted by carleton View Post
As one who does hard core training 6-7 days a week:

I have both road and track bikes. The road bike is BY FAR better for training than the track bike. I only use my track bike for track-specific training and track races. Everything else is done on the road bike.

I know this will probably fall on deaf ears, but: Buy a road bike.
This is because a road bike has gears and makes it heavier to throw.
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