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fixie? yes/no?muuqi
Jan 19, 2004 11:01 PM
I've been thinking about getting a fixie for a while now and I was in my LBS when I saw a chrome Bianchi Pista and fell in love. I have a friend who rides on in Portland Or and loves it, but my friend who works at the shop says I'd hate it since I ride trials/xc/dirtjumps/street. I always like trying new things and my friend from portland says it's the funnest thing and I've been wanting to get in shape and work on my spin for xc and since it only costs 560 I figured why not. Opinions??
Thanks
YesPdxMark
Jan 20, 2004 2:07 AM
It sounds like you're curious & open to it. I've had a blast since I got my Bianchi Pista last Spring. It's fun. It's a thought-provoking learning experience. It's a better work-out, for a given distance. It's now my commuter.

But, go for a few rides on a regualar bike to figure out what gearing will work for you. The stock gearing on my Pista (48/16) was very stiff. Too stiff for me anyway. Install a brake & easier gearing & then go have fun. If you don't like it you can sell it for a minimal loss.
go for it (nm)cmgauch
Jan 20, 2004 6:20 AM
well i got itmuuqi
Jan 20, 2004 6:15 PM
Today I went down and put a down payment on it, so I'll have it in two weeks when I get paid! What is a good set of pedals to put on it? I was thinking maybe the Crank Bros eggbeater? And what front brake would be best to bolt on? Thanks.
re: well i got itukiahb
Jan 20, 2004 9:21 PM
I like Shimano 323's on my fixie (platform on one side, SPD on the other) as it is the bike I ride around town sometimes in street shoes. Dunno about the brake, but check out http://www.fixedgeargallery.com, lot of Pistas there so you can see what others are using...
Nice! I use Shimano M515 mtb pedals and a Tiagra front caliper..jtferraro
Jan 21, 2004 6:50 AM
I had the pedals in my spare parts bin and they've proved to be ideal. I agree w/the other poster re: using a SPD one side/platform other side if you're planning on biking around town frequently. I thought of this but really prefer to be connected to the pedals at all times. However, it is also really nice to have a double sided pedal b/c it isn't as easy to snap in when the crank is slowly rotating. Eggbeaters would be fine, I'm sure (although you aren't necessarily going to take advantage of their great mud-shedding capabilities, nor lightweight). You also want a pedal that is relatively low profile as you can't stop pedalling around corners (so pedal strike might be an issue w/tall pedals). As far as front brake, I chose the Tiagra for it's inexpensive price and more than adequate performance. I mentioned Sora to my LBS but they more or less frowned on it, stating that the Tiagra caliper is more flex resistant. When you only have one brake... mine as well have something half-way decent.

Be sure to post some pics after you get it.

Good Luck and let us know if you have any other questions.

-Jeff