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fixed gear question . . .(13 posts)

fixed gear question . . .morrison
Feb 5, 2002 2:57 PM
thinking of putting one together. I was looking around for a decent used frame, but not much out there in my size (i'm 5'5" . . . own a 48 and a 50). Someone told me to check out www.ucycle.com. It's a Canadian co, and they advertise a frame and fork for $360 Canadian. Hard to beat that, but I can't find anything about the company other than what's on their web site.

Anybody know anything?

thanks
Geoff
re: fixed gear question . . .Ray Still
Feb 5, 2002 4:13 PM
You may want to check out spicer cycles they had some cheap frames smaller sizes for under 300 aluminum. You will love fixed gear Been riding only a Surly Steamroller since Oct1 its a blast.
Good luck
fixed/free/single speed in your size on ebay now...johan burnt eels
Feb 5, 2002 4:17 PM
err.. sorry couldn't resist.

as you probably know smaller frames are always at a premium. whilst they do pop up they sell fast and for much higher prices.

if you already have enough parts lying around to build it up as a fixed gear then i would say keep looking and you'll find something suitable.

if you have to buy parts just for the build then i would say that you are better off buying a new bike from harris cyclery. less hassle - ready to roll - and all new - but the color options can hurt a little.

better still as you already have 2 road bikes - partly strip one of them and build/buy a new wheel. or perhaps keep your rear wheel and do a spaced single cog. pretty easy to do and im sure harris cyclery can help as they have all the little bits you need whether you have a freewheel or cassette hub. strip your derailleurs, take off a chainring and fit the inner with some single chainring bolts (spacers?), perhaps a new chain and your ready to roll... i mean spin.

there are many ways to get around the problem of chainline and tension and most of them are cheap and easy to do yourself.

if you are worried about your shifters and all the cables and you have a ahead style stem it may still be easier to buy and fit a cheap bar/stem and a bmx brake lever and keep your front brake attached.

either way the cheaper solution is often better to my way of thinking.

check out what harris cyclery and sheldon brown have to say on fixed bikes. if they aren't as helpfull as usual post what you have and what $ options you are faced with and im sure you will get a lot of respondees with helpfull solutions.

if you can build a no dish wheel then it can be easily acheived with little $$$'s. think suzue flip/flop and mavic ma3. the suzue axle is long enough for a road frame spacing. spokes, cogs, and chain. change from $120 or so. ask nicely and excel sports or harris will build it for you as they have most of the parts you will need.
hee hee. touche; nice pic :-)morrison
Feb 5, 2002 7:31 PM
Two Words....Greg Taylor
Feb 5, 2002 4:41 PM
Surly Steamroller. Cool bike and frame for not much money. Fuji also makes a decent track frame. KHS also sells a complete bike in your size for $650 or so (American). The equipment spec is questionable, but the frameset looks nice.

http://khsbicycles.com/page125.html
re: fixed gear question . . .gtx
Feb 5, 2002 8:03 PM
thanks for posting that link--I like it that those frames are cheap and set up for fenders and brakes.

Here's another option:

http://www.on-one.co.uk/products/ilpompino.shtml
Awright now GTX...Ahimsa
Feb 5, 2002 8:12 PM
If'n yer gone go pullin' that there frame out e'rytime some Joe asks 'bout SS bicycles, then you best be answerin' mah questions....ya hear?

1)What is the max tyre clearance on that frame?

2)Same question, add mudguards.

3)How much in Amer'can dollers?

Now fess up you ornery polecat. I'd git all the info myself, but I'm lazy and I got me a possum in the oven.

A. [:)]
damn, you are lazy!gtx
Feb 5, 2002 8:27 PM
try scrolling down that thar page a wee bit--to "other stuff." I think it works out to $300, but I'm not sure what shipping is from the UK. And I think I only posted about this bike once before.

and here's a bigger pic

http://www.on-one.co.uk/graphics/products_f/pompino_urban_decay-800.jpg
what's the pointbn
Feb 6, 2002 4:35 AM
of having track fork ends with 130 spacing?!
e-mail the folks at urbane and ask...Js Haiku Shop
Feb 6, 2002 5:52 AM
I have more info and some references on 'em if you're interested. seems to be a great deal on a great bike.

cat5tattoo@yahoo.com
SOMA rushDAS
Feb 6, 2002 10:23 AM
I test rode the Surly Steamroller and Bianchi Pista and went with the SOMA rush. It's made from Reynolds 631. Frame/fork are in the low $400s at www.webcyclery.com. No tax, no shipping costs.

It's smooth as butta
website...DAS
Feb 6, 2002 10:25 AM
http://www.somafab.com/rush.html
Alas . . . their smallest frame is a 53 :-( nmmorrison
Feb 6, 2002 10:35 AM