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    SS Road bike???

    As a married man with two young children my bike budget is minimal now basically I can do one bike a year ~$1000 is fair. Thats not why I ride SS bikes though I do because I love it! Next years project is a SS road bike/track bike to hammer around my hood when I can't hit the trail. Im thinking I should be well under budget until I found a Bianchi Pista which looks like it retails for around $800? Id like to have 700c wheels/tires and maybe do a cyclocross set up as well? I dont know much about track frames or set ups but I do want Steel frame, and I am kinda toying with the idea of disc brake tabs which would take me to the Surly website. Anyone here have a SS road bike they could share pics/set-ups ?
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    Sounds like your bike budget is similar to mine. I've built up a few ss and fg road bikes on the cheap, and they are lots of fun. A few thoughts.

    If you really want to stay under budget, a used road bike can work well. If you get an older bike with a freewheel, it's possible to remove all the shifty parts and spin on a bmx freewheel. Ideally, you can re-dish the real wheel to minimize dish and get a good chainline. A lot of old-ish frames have angled drop-outs to facilitate chain tension (or get a tensioner). Both Cane Creek and Tektro make reasonably priced brake levers. You could probably fix up a decent bike for $200-$300. A converted 700c road or track bike is probably not going to give you much clearance for bigger cross tires though.

    Another option - an older 27" frame re-fitted with 700c wheels will give you some additional room for cross tires. You'll likely need to swap out the brakes for medium or long reach calipers.

    Also, I built up a Nashbar X-frame with BB7 (road) disks. My opinion after riding this a few years is that disks look really cool on a road frame, but aren't really any benefit over good road brakes. With the added weight of the disks and the constant fiddling needed, I think they are for looks only.

    Nashbar has a carbon 1-1/8 cross fork with disk tabs for around $100 - worth considering if you're set on disks.

    I often lurk in the following forum for good (and awfull) ideas. Careful, here. The site is full of snarky hipsters just looking to jump on anyone with a comment or question slightly outside of their narrow fixed gear aesthetic.

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    I have an 09 Bianchi San Jose, which I love dearly. I've run it fixed, free with cantis, and free with discs. Discs were great for braking performance, but the disc wheelset I had, and BB7s are heavy. I do road rides and SSCX with it as well. Right now I'm set up with a light(ish) standard road wheelset and cantis.

    At that price point there are some good options, but what about a Karate Monkey with some nice fat slicks on it? Fun on the road, swap tires and you have a great mountain machine?

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    90% of my riding is to and from work on my 120mm single speed road bike. I love it. Not as sexy as my cross bike or mountain bike, but it works. Nothing to break or maintain really. I wipe it down, lube the chain and air up the tires once a week (135 miles a week).

    Swobo has relaunched and I was eyeing the Sanchez. $300 frame and fork. You could easily keep it under your budget or go crazy and pimp it. Looks nice.

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    I have a proper road bike, Rigid SS 29er, and a SSCX/ Commuter Bike. The commuter is so simple and fun to ride that I highly urge you to go the route you are talking about. I also take this bike out when time is an issue and try and hammer up evey hill I know in a 5 mile radius.. I agree with Chad about that discs are not needed. I throw some knobby tires on every now and again for a change of pace on the trails and the rims brakes are the least of my worries when riding it. My bigger concerns are perfect lines (Skinny tires), gearing limitations from switching between road and trail, and touchier geo on the trails. I have a cheap steel frame, track dropouts, 39/16 gearing, canti-brakes w/ bullhorn bars and bar-end brake levers...

    I would have bought that swobo frame except I needed rack eyelets...

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    Raleigh One Way- SS Cantilever Brakes
    Raleigh Furley- The same, but with disc brakes instead

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    Are fixies the same thing as SS road bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantdefy View Post
    Are fixies the same thing as SS road bikes?
    No, a SS alows you to coast while a fixie will have the pedals moving whenever the wheels are moving...

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    You are clearly retarded for thinking this is the right sub for anything involving SS road bikes.

    Secondly, when you are doing things on a budget, it means you go here twice a day. Maybe three times.

    Lastly, I have lots and lots of really great advice for you, but I get off from being withholding.

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    the only rear difference between an SS road bike and a "fixie" is that a fixie is a bike with a rear cog that is fixed to the hub, so there's no coasting, like on a velodrome track bike.

    consider On-One bikes. I just ordered an Il Pompino frame that I am going to build up with random parts on the cheap.

    Fyxation also has some nice SS road frames. the Quiver frame is coming out soon and looks really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth View Post
    You are clearly retarded for thinking this is the right sub for anything involving SS road bikes.

    Secondly, when you are doing things on a budget, it means you go here twice a day. Maybe three times.

    Lastly, I have lots and lots of really great advice for you, but I get off from being withholding.
    I check CL daily for many finds on the cheap however I am 6'5" 230lbs and rarely is there a 60cm+ frame on there in my area. Besides I did my first mountain bike build this year so buying parts and assembling is what I'd rather do.
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    At that price point there are some good options, but what about a Karate Monkey with some nice fat slicks on it? Fun on the road, swap tires and you have a great mountain machine?[/QUOTE]

    I love Surly bikes esp the Karate Monkey as it is very versatile.
    -rides bikes for fun.

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    consider On-One bikes. I just ordered an Il Pompino frame that I am going to build up with random parts on the cheap.

    I think the On One Frame is going to be the winner!
    -rides bikes for fun.

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    27 mm tires and I ride road, a lot of dirt and gravel, and light singletrack on it.
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    Here's what I bought. I just spent four days touring California wine country on it and it was an amazing ride. Great climber, the ride of steel and touring single speed is just plain great. Give them a look. It's under your price range and just needs pedals. I changed the bar and stem but that's pretty typical and he may give you a break on the price if you tell him to leave them off, or send him your parts and he'll install.
    http://www.wabicycles.com/index.

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    Well I tried to upload a pic from the Mac but the Forums seems to be Mac-unfriendly. Anyways, take a look at the link. A bit of advice. Don't go cheap with a tensioner, you'll hate it. And make sure the cantis support fenders or you'll spend the winter with a brown streak from your arse to your neck. I researched the web a lot before I settled on the Wabi and I don't regret my decision. Build up the Karate Monkey like peeps say, then add the wheelset and other parts and either you'll blow your budget or you'll have a bike with cheep parts that weighs 25 lbs. My opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedlin' Slow View Post
    Well I tried to upload a pic from the Mac but the Forums seems to be Mac-unfriendly. Anyways, take a look at the link. A bit of advice. Don't go cheap with a tensioner, you'll hate it. And make sure the cantis support fenders or you'll spend the winter with a brown streak from your arse to your neck. I researched the web a lot before I settled on the Wabi and I don't regret my decision. Build up the Karate Monkey like peeps say, then add the wheelset and other parts and either you'll blow your budget or you'll have a bike with cheep parts that weighs 25 lbs. My opinion.
    I think the forum is unfriendly to people who can't read instructions.

    I agree w tensioner. In fact, I'd try to avoid it all together w an eccentric hub.




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    Seeing that you have had time to post 6,170 times more than I, maybe you can share your intellect with those of us that do not share your keen understanding of posting pics here. I'll look for your reply, after I go riding that is. Maybe when I'm 103, I'll enter your realm of master poster pic poster.

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    Here's my Steamroller w/ 35mm knobbies, 47x17/freewheel. Cheap and fun:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    I think the forum is unfriendly to people who can't read instructions.

    I agree w tensioner. In fact, I'd try to avoid it all together w an eccentric hub.




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    I'd rather have a tensioner than anything but horizontal dropouts. Where the **** does that put us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    the only rear difference between an SS road bike and a "fixie" is that a fixie is a bike with a rear cog that is fixed to the hub, so there's no coasting, like on a velodrome track bike.
    or in other words a fixed gear won't be mind-numbingly boring as a SS road bike.

    To the OP, I'm surprised you can't find a CL or tag sale bike your size; it seems that the larger sizes are always the ones available (but that's probably because I'm looking for a smaller size).

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    Chainlove has had the civilian single speed road bike on there recently. I like my Civilain Luddite (SS mtn bike).
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
    Anyone here have a SS road bike they could share pics/set-ups ?
    Picked a German-Taiwanese frame (Poison Chinin IGH) for ~250$ on ebay, the rest is from the older bikes. It has vertical dropouts + a cheap EBB. Running an IGH currently (need a do-it-all bike, no time for swapping wheelsets). The fork is Fargo from Salsa, takes up to 2.3", and the rear can take up to 2.1 i think. I guess you could build something similar for 700-800$$.


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    Looking good Sheepo.

    Mine's here.

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    Keep an eye out for a used Surly Crosscheck - they can be run singlespeed.
    I really like my Wabi Lightning - it has road geometry instead of track geometry and handles sweetly.
    I think the steel version has the same geometry, so maybe that's your answer.
    I used to have a Steamroller, but when I tried to switch it from fixed to freewheel it felt too twitchy when flying down hills (I couldn't go that fast when I had to keep up with the cranks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedlin' Slow View Post
    Seeing that you have had time to post 6,170 times more than I, maybe you can share your intellect with those of us that do not share your keen understanding of posting pics here. I'll look for your reply, after I go riding that is. Maybe when I'm 103, I'll enter your realm of master poster pic poster.
    Time is relative. I've been here a long time. And in that time, I've posted multiple pictures with both Mac's and PC's.

    I can't troubleshoot your problem for you but I'd guess it has something to do with either the size of the file or the size of the image. If it's not that, then I'd guess you're trying to upload an unsupported file type.

    A pic uploaded from an apple device for your viewing pleasure.

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    Built from spare parts

    This is a Diamondback prevail TG that I have had since new and converted it to SS duty a few years ago. Found gearing that would work and ran with it. I put quite a few miles on it each year. Find some old discarded road bike/frame and go with it.

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    Got my frame Tuesday and rode it to work Thursday. Done... For now. Needs bigger tires and a better saddle. And fenders.



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    Really, anything with horizontal dropouts (not track forks!) can be run singlespeed. Your options are limitless if you consider nicer old road frames. Look for a Bridgestone RB1?

    Edit for grammar police.

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    starting at 1 dollar...

    Giant RS-940 frame fork 63cm triple-butted steel 1987 + mini-groupo NR! | eBay

    add a set of track wheels and and old square taper crank/bb and you got yourself a nice ride.

    cb2 is right really large frames are usually hard to sell and therefore easy to find. and you sir need a REALLY large frame

    if you don't feel like hassling with online you should find a local veloswap. tons of old roadie gear worthy of SS conversion at places like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    Time is relative. I've been here a long time. And in that time, I've posted multiple pictures with both Mac's and PC's.

    I can't troubleshoot your problem for you but I'd guess it has something to do with either the size of the file or the size of the image. If it's not that, then I'd guess you're trying to upload an unsupported file type.

    A pic uploaded from an apple device for your viewing pleasure.

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    Here's mine... got a new fork and brakes I'll have to put on this winter.

    <img src="http://staff.fortlewis.edu/mages_m/images/img_9256.jpg">

    Run an Eno hub, and anything can be single speedy.

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    OK, since this has turned into the SS Mountain Bikers showing their SS road "trainer" thread (sorry Umarth), here's mine: An old C-dale CADD-3. FG with 48-17 gearing and a half-link for to get the "magic ratio". Note the mis-matched chain segment, cheapo schraeder rims and 700x28 tires (which I've never flatted). It's the perfect machine to fetch carne asada, tortillas and peppers from the local carnicería.
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    The many versions of my San Jose (Not that anyone cares, but a SS road bike can be pretty darn versatile)

    Bone stock, the day after I got it:


    Snow day! (Fixed gear rules in the snow)


    Ultra Heavy SSCX Mode:



    Much lighter SSCX Mode (I still suck though...I blame it on the lack of braking power):

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    I like that San Jose'!!! Dumb question does stock frame/fork have disk brake tabs?
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    I've attached my bourgeoisie beer getter. It used to see significant lame singletrack use as well.

    As awesome as it was then, it is more ****ing awesome now, You can't hold a dick to it, and if you did, it would be cold.

    As some have expected, this thread sucks my nuts. Bike so hard mother****ers want to fine me.

    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    Got my frame Tuesday and rode it to work Thursday. Done... For now. Needs bigger tires and a better saddle. And fenders.
    What pooped on your fork?
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    I just picked up a wyatt single speed. I was looking for something cheep to leave at work and go for a quick 20 minuet rip during my 15 minute brake. I work 12 hours and was in need of something to brake up my day this worked out great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtre View Post
    I like that San Jose'!!! Dumb question does stock frame/fork have disk brake tabs?
    For 2009, both the frame and fork had disc tabs, but the stock wheels weren't disc compatible. For 2010 and up, I think only the fork had disc tabs or something weird like that, and for 2011 and up, well I don't think they make the San Jose anymore...

    It's a lot of fun. It'll never be light, but I can accept that.

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    If there is any BMX in your blood, maybe check out Fairdale bikes:

    Parser Express | Fairdale

    Company is run by Taj Mihelich of T1 and Hoffman fame and owned by Odyssey.

    If I can scrape up some pennies after building up my new SS, I'm gonna get me one of their sweet chrome Coasters for my cul-de-sac cruiser.
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    necro bump cause SS road bikes are cool and shit...

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