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hillbillyhoedown
02-07-2008, 10:13 AM
I want to build a fixed or single speed. i have no knowledge, other than basic maintanence. i have no spare parts or anything. i'm completely starting from bare bones. so:
where should i go in town to get the necessary stuff

where can i go that will give me advice and help

what is the average cost for a beginning fixed-nothing fancy something to learn on

if you can help please do so.

SpyT
02-07-2008, 11:02 AM
Two great places you can go for fixie goods:

1. Bike Central
2. Velo Shop

Both these places can give you expert advice.

If you want a cheap nothing-fancy frame to start with... go for a Pake track frame.

http://www.pakebikes.com/

You can get a Pake frame/fork at Revolver bike shop in Portland.

http://www.revolverbikes.com/

If your looking for a nothing-fancy complete bike , check out IRO Mark V or Mercier Kilo TT.

http://www.irocycle.com/
http://www.cyclesmercier.com/

If you want a better complete bike , check out the Bianchi Pista which you can get at River City Bicycles.

http://www.bianchiusa.com/
http://www.rivercitybicycles.com/

Other than that, try Craigslist as well...

BillD
02-07-2008, 12:02 PM
Advice and help is just a click away.

Sheldon Brown's fixed gear articles (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed/index.html)

hillbillyhoedown
02-07-2008, 12:41 PM
sweet. thanks for the advice. i want to do this on the cheap until i figure out if it's for me or not. i definately want the know-how when it comes to wrenchin on it.

huss
02-27-2008, 08:26 AM
If you like to feel the rode, then fixed is for you, many people will say its a feeling of being connected to the road. Not alot of time to day-dream :rolleyes:

Its intense, a work out. I you like to challange yourself you will like it.

If I get on a freewheel machine now, when I coast, the bike feels heavy, or dead weight.....strange.

jake_m
02-27-2008, 03:34 PM
If I get on a freewheel machine now, when I coast, the bike feels heavy, or dead weight.....strange.

+1

The other thing that happens is when I coast, I immediately think I dropped my chain or something and double-check.

I would say for advice and maybe an inexpensive conversion, check out Seven Corners. Those guys are awesome. I bought a great fixie conversion not too long ago.