The place for fixies and other rides without gears
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Can you help me, please? Im looking for my first Fixie. Im going to use it for riding to the work, pub, shop and on the trip through the weekend. Im racing in cross-country category but I have no idea about Fixie. I already read this forum and found there candidates:
http://www.urbanvelocity.com.au/bikes/f ... -bike.html
http://www.urbanvelocity.com.au/bikes/f ... ike-1.html
http://www.urbanvelocity.com.au/bikes/f ... black.html
https://www.masibikes.com/bikes/fixed/f ... -drop-2014
What do you think? Im not from Australia so I will take my Fixie to the middle of Europe after my staying in Australia. There (middle of Europe) are not many Fixie parts so I would like to have something good quality.
Out of that bunch if you are looking for a pub bike come commuter I don't think you can go past the Harrier for the price. The specs are middle of the road with a cro-mo frame and reasonable bottom end I think it is a good deal. I have last years model Harrier it doesn't miss a beat, I also have a Avanti Solo 2012 model which cost me a little more but is a great bike also. Both have a flip/flop hub which means you can choose to go either fixed or single speed freewheel. The fuji looks pretty good as well, but I believe it is purely fixed and does not have the option to flip the hub and ride as a single speed. If you are just starting out with a fixie I would suggest you go with a flip/flop rear hub, but that is just my opinion.
OI onya bike!!!
Out of curiosity, what size frame are you after in a fixie or how tall are you?
The others are probably fine for what they are - but I would go the Masi.
MASI... why? b/c I have one They used to be a Reynolds (520?) double butted frames, and some came with decent Velocity wheelsets, not sure what the go is now, guess it depends on the bike shop.
But, and there a big but, you could also have this for similar/less money... http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Pinarello-Catena-Single-Speed-/221463963457?pt=AU_Cycling_New_&hash=item339047e741 (no it's not mine, I'm just hoping someone will buy it before I'm tempted to). Maybe a bit too good to be a pub bike (and Italian nomenclature means the "steal me" factor goes through the roof), but its new-ish steel lugged pinarello, what's not to love?
Im 188 cm
I'd get the cheapest you can buy.
The rest of the world has finally come to realise that fixed gear on the road is a bad idea - or at most, an interesting idea for a very small niche. The few fixies left on the market are remnant stock, left over from c. 2009, when people started coming to this realisation and stopped buying fixies.
That being the case, it's almost certain that you'll also come to the same realisation and stop riding fixed. So best not to have too much money invested.
Best bet would be to pick up a second hand one that someone has lost interest in.
The used fixie market is fickle - there's still plenty of people who will try to extract $800 for a "vintage" 1970s gas-pipe dunger with $100 Stars wheels. But I have no doubt there are a vast number of flamboyantly coloured store-bought fixies sitting neglected in the backs of garages right across the country, just waiting to be liberated. They'll be all the rage on hard rubbish piles in a couple of years time.
who commutes on a single speed, and found that riding fixed is all about the zen and the exquisite vibe of muttering fck-I-wish-I-had-a-freewheel every few minutes.
Well, I'd never considered buying a new fixed/single until a 2014 Reid Harrier came up on ebay. A city slicker had bought it, then a month later moved to the foothills so the single speed proved too challenging. Even then I only watched it out of interest to see what price it would fetch, and with 20seconds to go it was still at $100 so I placed a bid of $110 and got it, without really thinking I would.
That was about 5 months ago and it's been my around town fun bike and great for beating around the city too. Only thing I've done to it is change out the larry white seat for a plain black one I had sitting around and changed the white rim and hub wheelset for a plain aluminium Alex rims set I bought from Reid a couple years ago, also flip flop. But that's just personal taste.
The one thing wrong so far is that the brake caliper springs were rusted when I picked it up, which was only about a month or so after it was bought new. It needed brake adjustment and the cable routing was all wrong, fouling when I turned the bars, etc, heaps of fasteners were loose, including the handlebar clamps and levers. But all that can probably be put down to issues with assembly, which the original purchaser would have done since I'm in Adelaide.
For $370 new, I'd say the Reid is good value. It's been a solid bike so far. I'd like it to have cable clips come with it, hey, they'd only be a couple extra bucks on the cost.
Haha, I just converted my fixie back to freewheel this morning. It's my wet weather commuter and used to be my 'tow the kids around' and 'pop out to the shops' bike until I realised how much more comfortable my old mountain bike was for those duties. There's something to be said for riding fixed (a fun factor), but sometimes you're not in the mood and the wheel gets flipped back, and the motivation to go fixed again is hard to muster.
If you can convince them to swap out the gawd awful saddle on a Reid Griffon for you, I highly recommend this as a good, cheap and reliable bike. There's nothing wrong with quill stems and risers and they're so cheap you can get rid of the awful stock tyres straight up too. If you want to know why cheap fixies are still pouring onto the market, check out Aliexpress and search for bike frame.
Passing on your right - me, said just about never...
Always a Brand New Jamis Bike? they are doing some pretty good deals on all 2014 stock as 2015 arrives soon.
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Don't know if you've bought one yet, but for any new riders looking for a bike i would definitely toss up between the Fuji and Masi. Particularly if you are unsure it is something you want to keep at for a long time, these two brands tend to maintain their re-sell value, particularly the Masi's as they have to be ordered from across the border by your LBS. The reid bikes offer a very comfortable entry level price, but if you search on ebay/gumtree you should be able to find a fixie/single speed with better components and re-sell value at a better price.
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