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    Fixie commuter

    I am just beggining to commute, as no car leaves no choice. But I am embraceing this fully. Mountain bike regularly... So I'm looking and not so familiar with road fixies. I have about a 18 mile commute to work. Winter time I will be taking the bus in bad bad weather. I found a 2005 Fuji Track on craigslist for cheap. Any thoughts? I would really like a "better" bike but cant justify spending a bunch of cash on something I will be putting on front of a bus.
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    Not much can go wrong with fixed gears. Get some good tires and a front brake. Great thing about fixed gears is that they're very, very basic.

    Does the rear wheel have a flip-flop option for freewheel? It's nice to coast on a 18 mile ride.

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    I don't think it has the flip flop stock... Isn't that something I could maybe add?

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    if the hub is threaded on both sides, you're fine.
    if not, it's not something you can add no.
    (if the bike you're looking at has it, it should say "flip-flop" in the add, for factory fixed gears it's becoming ubiquitous)
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Maybe it`s me, but 36 miles per day sounds like an awful lot with a single gear ratio. And if you do decide to torture yourself with a fixie, wouldn`t a FG road bike give you a lot more tire and cargo choices than a track bike?

    "I don't think it has the flip flop stock... Isn't that something I could maybe add?"
    I`m not a fixie kinda guy, so I might be wrong, but I think track bikes use 120mm rear spacing- I doubt you could get a flip flop hub that narrow.
    Recalculating....

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    Here's are just a couple 120 spacing rear hubs
    All-City Fixed/Free Track Hub
    Paul Paul High Flange Rear 120mm
    Surly New Rear Track Hub Black Fixed/Freewheel

    I knew a guy who had a 2005 Fuji Track Bike and the treading on the rear hub was not that good. OEM wheel on bike 500 or lower have loose ball hubs . My option build up a new rear wheel. I ride roughly 5000 miles a year on a fixed gear in a Far Northwest Suburb of Chicago.

    just ride

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