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Ultimate online FIXED GEAR storefixt
Dec 25, 2002 11:54 AM

Just finished building a FIXED GEAR store for American Cyclery... it's got the Gucci Keirin stuff: $100 NJS double toe-straps and $600 Hatta headsets, for instance... it's got the real-deal stuff like Campy BMX cranksets (be sure to file down the stress risers), complete frames, $200 Andre Dugast track tubulars, Campy Peanut Butter wrenches (a must for the minimalist fixie tool bag), just about anything else. Check it out, let me know what you think:

190g Conti Sprinters??? Yeah, right!!!Alexx
Dec 25, 2002 3:42 PM
The last pair of Conti Sprinters I bought weighed 280g each, without the little orange cap! Where the h3ll do you get 190g from??? Do you fill them with Hydrogen??? 190g my @$$!
190g Conti Sprinters??? Yeah, right!!!fixt
Dec 29, 2002 12:17 AM
Uh, that'd be a typo, good catch, should be 290.

Do you think, if I made a "consumer comments" or "user reviews" section then helpful people like yourself would contribute?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of good information available publicly about many of these products, such as the Keirin stuff, and I'm getting the impression that the guys at the shop are too strapped for time to log in and write down what they know about these items.

On the other hand, if I add the feature and no one uses it that looks lame.

How widespread *IS* knowledge and wisdom concerning Keirin and vintage Euro track parts, and would people on the Net be willing to share what they do know?

Any thoughts appreciated.
190g Conti Sprinters??? Yeah, right!!!fixedgearhead
Dec 29, 2002 6:38 AM
Great to see you are responsive to this board. I think that you should look at your pricing of certain items against the available supply sources for the same items on other internet sites and not just rely on your business model to establish prices. Brooks saddles are an example. Kerin info is probably not as available in the US as we tend to be Eurocentric as bicycle folk. At least that is my take. There are undoubtedly some who follow the Japanese Kerin scene, which I know is Huge over there, and I wish we had something like that over here. I would love to have a Nagasawa frame if I could afford one. See the below url for a wealth of information on Euro stuff. You may already know about it but here it is anyway for anybody else.
Good luck in your endeavor.

Pricing, knowledge of Euro v. Asian track stuff (was 190g Conti)fixt
Dec 29, 2002 10:53 AM
Pretty insightful comment, thanks! I'll have a look a Wal-bike, etc. Actually, when I shop for Euro goods I look at St. John's Street Cyclery, They're based in England, but shipping is very cheap and fast in my experience. Obviously they have great pricing on Brooks. MUCH better pricing than Peter White Cycles on Schmidt Dyno-Hubs and good Euro lighting systems. People shouldn't be afraid to order from overseas online stores. (SJS may be the world's largest bike shop, takes up a whole city block, they build frames, have EVERYTHING in stock. Out in Bridgewater, Coventry, sagging rural/industrial town. Owner Robin a gem of a guy, let me wander the warehouse unattended for hours.)

By the way, rendezvous has a "z" in it :-) -- any Web site with a picture of Pino is okay with me! It would be pretty great if our site could become a resource for the exchange of information about products, instead of just a place to buy stuff. Like Rendezvous. Of course, that sort of labor of love belongs to a gift-economy reality, whereas American is in San Francisco. No shortage of love, just time. But maybe it could be done through public participation.

I will pass your comments up to the boss.


re: Ultimate online FIXED GEAR storefixedgearhead
Dec 25, 2002 5:25 PM
Wow! This brought back some great memories for me. I bought my first good bike from Oscar back in the mid 1960's. A Frejus. He was this, then old man, to me who had a van dyke beard and was very worldly and knowledgeable about bicycling. He steared me in the direction of Campy components and other such stuff. I had forgotten about him. I am happy to hear his legacy lives on in the same location at the end of Haight St. on Stanyan St. in San Francisco. A real flashback.