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Advice on ordering single-speed bike online

I'm looking into ordering a single-speed bike online (freewheel, not fixie). I'm a little hesitant to order something that I'll be using every day sight unseen. Anyone have any experience with Pure Fix, Retrospec, Republic, Solé or State Bicycles? Or Motobecane or Dawes single-speeds from Bikesdirect.com? What should I be aware of in general, ordering a bike online?
posted by gottabefunky on May 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Cyclist visiting Tucson this week. What should I check out?

I'm visiting family in Tucson the 24th - 30th and I'm flying my road bike in from San Francisco. I'm intending to get a lot of riding done while I'm there since I've signed up to participate in the Rapha Festive 500. I'm looking forward to doing some great riding including Mt. Lemon (I'll be staying up in the Oro Valley area). While I'm there I'd love to also tap into any cool cycle-culture type stuff the city of Tucson may have to offer. Are there any great cycle coffee shops? Brew pubs? LBS's with some actual community to them? Any group rides or cycle clubs that really embody the Tucson community. While I'll only have my roadie with me I'm also into fixed gear riding in SF. I don't know if that's a thing in Tucson, but would love to know of stuff in regards to that too. I know there is a strong senior cycle community out there, but for what it's worth I'm a 31 year old male. Thanks!
posted by matt_od on Dec 23, 2013 - 5 answers

Fixed Mixed - Nixed?

can you tell me if the bike I want exists (or should/could exist), and if I'm even thinking about it in the right way? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jul 26, 2012 - 32 answers

Tiny Track

TINY TRACK. I want to know every single option for a short girl building a fixed-gear bike. What manufacturers make frames smaller than 47cm? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Nov 14, 2011 - 14 answers

Fixed gear or not, in NYC? a) No. b) Yes. c) Yes, but with THREE SPEEDS...

Fixed gear or not, in NYC? a) No. b) Yes. c) Yes, but with THREE SPEEDS... [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Mar 27, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I fix my fixed gear bike whose rear cog rotates with the chain when I pedal?

How can I fix my fixed gear bike whose rear cog rotates with the chain when I pedal? [more inside]
posted by Hates_ on Aug 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Fixed gear/single speed beginner

I'm thinking of building a fixed gear or single speed bike soon. Should I start from scratch or get a cheap bike from craigslist to convert? Of course, less expensive is better. Any tips for a beginner? Links to sites that could be useful for parts/how-to's etc would be great.
posted by alitorbati on Apr 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Can I unfix my fixed gear?

I bought a fixed gear bike and I want to turn it into a freewheel and add brakes cause it's gonna be the death of me. [more inside]
posted by pwally on Apr 16, 2009 - 18 answers

Some question about converting a road frame to a fixed gear...

Fixed Gear Conversion / Bike Question: 120mm rear hub. 130mm frame. Solutions? I also have a crank/bb question inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 18, 2009 - 9 answers

What frame and forks should I look out for?

Fixedgearfilter: I'd like to build a single speed bike, but I have no idea what frame and forks to buy. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on May 27, 2008 - 11 answers

Bike accessory advice

So I just bought myself a new single speed bike for my birthday. I'd like to get different bars, pedals, and saddle but need advice... I'm also curious if it's possible to remove the branding decals without damaging the frame... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on May 1, 2008 - 19 answers

What's the best source for cheap used bikes in the Washington DC area?

I'd like to find an old road bike ripe for conversion to fixed gear on the cheap. Thought it would be easy, as it seems to me there must be a huge cache of these sitting in a warehouse somewhere. (Doesn't WMATA and/or the cops pick these up on a regular basis?). The only source I can find is Craigslist, but that has not been very good, at least not yet. Anybody know of anything better? Police auction? Used bike wholesaler? Or perhaps my expectations are too high? Thanks.
posted by gregoryc on Oct 7, 2006 - 16 answers

How can I build muscle on a single speed bicycle?

48 x 16 single speed... have I topped out in muscle building? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Jul 18, 2006 - 11 answers

Skidding with a Fixed Gear

Fixedgear Filter: How do you skip or skid? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone on Nov 2, 2005 - 6 answers

Picking a Fixed Gear Bike

Inspired by Metafilter, I'm thinking of getting a fixed gear bike. Are there any specific things to look for when picking one out? Is it possible to get a decent one for between $100-200?
posted by drezdn on Jun 30, 2005 - 8 answers

Buying a Bike

I'm in the market for a new fixed-gear/single speed bike in the $400-$600 range. The Bianchi Pista or Fuji Track seem to be the best bets as far as price vs. quality, but finding good reviews on the internet seems to be pretty "miss" as far as "hit or miss" goes. Does anyone have experience with or recommendations for/against either the bikes above or other similar bikes (Specialized Langster, KHS Flite 100, etc) in that price range? I'm looking for assessments for quality, durability, goodness of ride, etc. Thanks MetaCyclists!
posted by The Michael The on Feb 16, 2005 - 7 answers

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