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Getting back into cycling after more than a decade, need help!

Old 05-10-13, 03:51 PM
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Getting back into cycling after more than a decade, need help!

Hello, new here as you can see. I decided to buy myself a new bike and start traveling for my little errands or going to friends instead of using my car. I'm in pretty good shape and I want the feel of my old bmx bike when I was a kid were if you stopped pedalling, well, you brake. I was looking into single gear urban bikes with a flip flop hub. Since it's been a freakin long time I have been on a bike I thought I would start on the single gear side and after a while when I would be comfortable switch to the fixed side.

So after looking online and going to 3 bike stores I came back with pretty disappointing results. First they had a very small single gear bike selection, and if they had a model that interested me, they didn't have it in my size. I'm a little taller than 6'2'' and the biggest size they had in any of the stores I went was 58cm. I would need more a 60cm so i'm not all tucked in when i'm riding know what I'm saying. I did try a 58cm at a store, and you know how they say it's like riding a bike (you never forget), well it's true because I haven't been on a bike for about 11 years and I didn't crash into a post or anything, then again I only went for a 5 minutes try out. It felt very small if I can say, and the way the brakes were positionned made my hands really close together on the handle which didn't give me a good feel of control. Again maybe i'm just rusty.

So at one of the store they showed me a bike in a catalogue that could suit me :
http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=paddy_wagon#1
Only it's 800$, I was more expecting to pay 500-600$ for my new bike. So here I am asking you pros if you can recommend me a model since I don't know the brands, what's good and what's not.
Thx in advance.

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TL;DR

Try editing into paragraphs, you might get a more meaningful response.
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm
http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/stee.../rush-hour-13/
http://www.statebicycle.com/fixies_s/3.htm
http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed
http://khsbicycles.com/bikes/2013-khs-models/flite-100/
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...gster/langster
http://www.wabicycles.com/bike_main_pg2011.html
http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/fixed-gear/
http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/big_block

There's plenty more. Dig a bit.
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I forgot to mention i'm in canada so first link if off the table, which sux because they had the best deals
2nd link: has no brakes, like I said I'm gonna start with the singlegear with brakes then siwtch to the fixed side afterward. I don't wanna go directly fixed, I don't have enough experience.
3rd: Same thing.
4th: http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed...-uno-drop-2013 This one looks nice but the brakes on the top like the model I tried where I said that it made my hands really close together on the handle and doesn't give me a good control feel.
5th: no brakes
6th: no brakes
7th: only have 55cm models :s
8th: http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/fixed-gear/pista/ could be good but pretty much the same price as the KONA I posted in my first post.
9th: http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/big_block Could be good, just need a price.
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Old 05-10-13, 05:19 PM
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Read the component lists. Most if not all of them will come with brakes. You can also buy hood mounted brakes.

Use google.
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This post should be added to the "If New Here......" sticky
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Originally Posted by Jack00 View Post
I forgot to mention i'm in canada so first link if off the table, which sux because they had the best deals
2nd link: has no brakes, like I said I'm gonna start with the singlegear with brakes then siwtch to the fixed side afterward. I don't wanna go directly fixed, I don't have enough experience.
3rd: Same thing.
4th: http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed...-uno-drop-2013 This one looks nice but the brakes on the top like the model I tried where I said that it made my hands really close together on the handle and doesn't give me a good control feel.
5th: no brakes
6th: no brakes
7th: only have 55cm models :s
8th: http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/fixed-gear/pista/ could be good but pretty much the same price as the KONA I posted in my first post.
9th: http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/big_block Could be good, just need a price.
Fixed gear and brakes are not mutually exclusive.

The Big Block is available complete (almost) at around 900USD, add up to a hundred or so for pedals/foot retention.
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Buy a cheap (or inexpensive, rather) bike off Bikes Direct and just start upgrading it from there.
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Originally Posted by Jack00 View Post
I forgot to mention i'm in canada so first link if off the table, which sux because they had the best deals
2nd link: has no brakes, like I said I'm gonna start with the singlegear with brakes then siwtch to the fixed side afterward. I don't wanna go directly fixed, I don't have enough experience.
3rd: Same thing.
4th: http://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed...-uno-drop-2013 This one looks nice but the brakes on the top like the model I tried where I said that it made my hands really close together on the handle and doesn't give me a good control feel.
5th: no brakes
6th: no brakes
7th: only have 55cm models :s
8th: http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/fixed-gear/pista/ could be good but pretty much the same price as the KONA I posted in my first post.
9th: http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/big_block Could be good, just need a price.

State bikes have flip flop hubs, front brake installed, and they ship a rear brake with lever and cable guides.
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Old 05-11-13, 12:40 AM
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Jack, buy from here:
http://www.retro-gression.com/category/complete-bikes

you won't regret it.
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He's in Canada and his budget is 600 dollars.

What do you guys not get about that?
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Then he should he should build a POS conversion with ebay parts.

These are his best options aside from talking to his local bike shop.

edit: Canadian dollars? Better expect a ****ty bike then.

edit2: nvm. Our dollar sucks too.
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Their money is worth more than ours.
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Google search the Canadian exchange.

One US dollar equals .99 Canadian ATM.
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Google search the Canadian exchange.

One US dollar equals .99 Canadian ATM.
Nope. Their dollar is worth more than ours.
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Originally Posted by Jack00 View Post
I'm in pretty good shape and I want the feel of my old bmx bike when I was a kid were if you stopped pedalling, well, you brake.
Sounds like you want a coaster brake bike, not a fixed gear.
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Nope. Their dollar is worth more than ours.
We had it backwards. I had meant to say that the Canadian dollar is worth .99 US dollars but your picture shows that the US dollar is/was worth more.
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We had it backwards. I had meant to say that the Canadian dollar is worth .99 US dollars but your picture shows that the US dollar is/was worth more.
That's not what the picture shows.

Jesus.
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
That's not what the picture shows.

Jesus.
That is EXACTLY what it shows. I am Canadian and trust me, it is like a national holiday here every time our dollar squeaks past yours. To translate: one American dollar will buy slightly more Canadian dollars, making it worth slightly more.

To the original poster: go visit some bike shops, your budget is reasonable for getting a good fixed gear with brakes and a flip/flop hub. I suggest brands like KHS, Raleigh, Masi, etc. Go see what is available locally first because this will give you a better idea on what you can get.
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Damn Canadians. Jk love you guys.
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Damn, this thread is a mess. It would also help to know where you're located. If you're near Toronto or some other big city you could find a shop that does a lot of single speed bikes. If you're out in the boonies, then they may be able to order something but it's going to be hit or miss (as you said it was). But there should definitely be something in your price range in a shop. Or at least they can order one in your size.
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Hey man, look into the Surly SteamRoller too, you might like that. It fits big tires and makes a beast commuter, I always recommend it when I can, I never tell people to buy something I haven't ridden or owned. It fits tires up to 38c and you can run fenders with a 32c tire.
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Canadian dollars are a dadgummed third-rate imitation of proud American money. They even use "gold" coins for their dollars...aptly called "loonies".

If anyone ever tried to pay me in Canadian dollars, I would laugh in their face! Yes, even if I were in Canada.

Losing an ENTIRE penny of value if you make an "even" nominal exchange? Just a real testimony to the sheer worthlessness of the Canadian dollar. I would not trade ONE USD for a BILLION Canadian dollars...no real American® would, period!

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If you are making fun of me, I was under the impression that the Canadian dollar was worth substantially less than USD. The last time I checked was around 10 years ago.

http://www.usinflationcalculator.com

Our dollar sucks. Even though the inverse relation of inflation/interest rates shows economic growth (most prevalent in developing countries[https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2092rank.html]), the actual buying power (read: actual value) decreases.

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