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    Eh... It was cheap, right?!?!

    Picked this up a couple weeks ago & added a few parts for a total investment of $250. Logged about 50miles so far & the brake pads are shot, along with the orange paint on the rear wheel...
    To anyone looking for a cheap commuter, this thing is a pretty damn good value. Get your stamina up!
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    Singlespeed or fixed? Ratio?
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Brake pads gone in 50 miles? What are they made of? Silly Putty? I am pretty darn sure I still have the original di-comp pads on my 1984 bike with somewhere around 20K on it.

    It's flashy!

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    What does the brake lever on the left do? Just for looks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    What does the brake lever on the left do? Just for looks?
    I would say that when running the hoods like this, one side looks kind of funny. Gives you more hand positions at the most, keeps it uniform looking at the least.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    One of the guru-commuters in town has a bell mounted on his seattube, and he uses the spare brakelever to pull a cable that rings the bell. Or I read somewhere about someone who'd removed the spare lever and mouted a bell into the hood instead.

    If you're just using one brake though, why make it the rear? Less power, and more ugly cabling.

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    The non-machined braking surfaces and lack of front brake caused the rear pads to wear quickly. A front brake is the stopping brake. It sounds counter-intuitive, but proper braking is about 60/40, front/rear.

    Install a front brake and sand the paint off the rim braking surface. Using a brake on a non-machined rim causes the paint to wear off unevenly. This causes surging while braking and poses a crash hazard as the pads have less friction on the painted surfaces and more on the bare rim.

    Frankly, if you bought it that way from a store, you were sold an unsafe bicycle.

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    Yeah the "front" brake lever is just for look/feel.

    I never felt like riding this bike was unsafe because of the contact area on the rim. Yes it should be machined, but it's alright as I'm not going 30mph..

    I think the bike is a good value. And yes, you get what you pay for
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigVaz View Post
    Yeah the "front" brake lever is just for look/feel.
    I was going to make the same comment then realized it is not pleasant to ride the hoods with only the right one! Of course one could still ditch the left lever but keep the hood. If one had a 2 headlight setup with a 'high' beam, putting a push on/push off button for the high beam under the lever would be a neat setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    I was going to make the same comment then realized it is not pleasant to ride the hoods with only the right one! Of course one could still ditch the left lever but keep the hood. If one had a 2 headlight setup with a 'high' beam, putting a push on/push off button for the high beam under the lever would be a neat setup.
    I'm imagining clicking my headlight off while panic braking.

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    I am thinking that the OP is rolling fixed, and that the rear brake is only for an emergency stop. Am I right? I was riding like that on my other bike, and if you are fixed, having the brake on the rear wheel actually makes some sense. You will never flip over the front of the bike if you grab too much brake.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    It's setup SS for now. My conditioning isn't in line with riding fixed yet. I bought this bike to put in miles and condition myself better for the trails. It was something cheap to ride when the trails are soupy from crappy weather.

    After riding the road bike a couple weeks and doing a few 15mile rides I was actually able to make climbs on the mountain bike that I had to jump off and walk in the past.

    Money well spent as far as I'm concerned.

    One other funny thing is getting back on the mountain bike after the roadie. Feels like a lifted diesel truck versus a sports car...
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    the more you ride it the more youll notice the poor quality.

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    Like I said, you get what you pay for, and I'm perfectly cool with quality I received.
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    I really like the look of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    the more you ride it the more youll notice the poor quality.
    This is very true, learned this the hard way.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigVaz View Post
    Like I said, you get what you pay for, and I'm perfectly cool with quality I received.
    This is all that matters then. Enjoy the bike and ride the hell out of it.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigVaz View Post
    Like I said, you get what you pay for, and I'm perfectly cool with quality I received.
    I got a $129.00 deal from bikeisland.com. Thus far I've added new handlebars (bullhorn's with TT leavers), new brake pads, new rear freewheel, new BB, new headset and different seat.

    You may want to inspect the hubs to make sure they are well greesed and the cups/cones are adjusted properly. My front hub was adjusted with the cone way too tight. A quick service fixed that.

    My total investment is around $300.00. This bike should now give me thousands of worry free miles.

    Enjoy your ride.

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