|Surley Fixed Gear Bike||Fixie|
Aug 20, 2001 12:10 AM
|Thinking of getting a fixed gear bike and Excel Sports has a Surley fixed gear bike for around $800... wondering if anyone has any experience with them.|
|re: Surley Fixed Gear Bike||EW|
Aug 20, 2001 4:19 AM
|Just got one used. It is great. The top tube is longish 56 (c-t) seat tube but a 56 cm top tube. Works well for me, though. Very comfortable so far. Plan to ride it alot this winter.|
|$800 way too much for a fixer||club|
Aug 20, 2001 5:13 AM
|my four fixers cost about a eighth of what you want to pay for one. Find an old road frame with horizontal dropouts and a used crank at the LBS, likely the only new part you'll have to buy is a track cog. There's nothing special about the costly hubs Excels sells on that bike. Get an old threaded road hub from the LBS, the cog will go on that, use some LocTite 242 to hold it on, it will stay just fine. You can use steel-faced quick release skewers, you don't need a solid axle with track nuts. Everything you need is waiting for you in your LBS's junk parts bin. Just say NO to rampant consumerism, you'll love a bike built with your own hands more than one you purchase fully built, and if you're not already a mechanic, you'll learn something from the experience.|
|Then how do I explain my $2000 fixte?||MB1|
Aug 20, 2001 6:42 AM
|I guess I just like bikes.
Sheldon Brown/Harris Bike Shop sold us a couple of Fuji Track Bikes for about $550 ea. seemed like a good deal and we have had a lot of fun with them. As Club says there is no reason to spend a lot to start. After riding a fixte some and you decide you really like fixers and can justify spending more, more power to you.
|tell folks you're rich and dumb?||club|
Aug 20, 2001 3:40 PM
|man, my old Spectrum custom track bike didn't cost that much|| |