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    im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610
    im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
    the 925 would be a great bike.
    I've racked up 143 miles this month on this

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    nice. bike. Im really leaning towards the 925 as a dedicated commuter. I have a gf rig and really like the ss but want something with fenders and a little cheaper so i dont feel bad for beating it up on the roads. I also like how it comes with everything in the price. things are kinda crazy right now in my family and i dont have time to shop around for odds and ends. thanks for the reply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    the 925 would be a great bike.
    I've racked up 143 miles this month on this

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2907358780/" title="Seattle Langster (5) by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/2907358780_a94d8e5ece_o.jpg" width="860" height="643" alt="Seattle Langster (5)" /></a>
    WOW! I REALLY REALLY REALLY like that bike. Almost a perfect combo of classic style, high quality components and single-speed hipness!!!!

    Is that a build up YOU did, or is that stock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610
    im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
    the 925 is a commuter specific bike. The parts are OK for the price point. I had one and ended up swapping the frame out for a on one ill pompino and also swapping out for lighter parts. I really liked the simplicity ie: nimble handling, and it hauled A$S big time. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610
    im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
    Raleigh One Way
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    Gary Fisher Triton
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    KHS Urban Uno

    I really liked the look and specs of the Raleigh, but the frame was too small. The Steelwool wasn't available when I finally purchased my Agwe. I got the Agwe because of price and big tires with fender.

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    I'm looking for something similar, I'm thinking of building something with this frameset, a cheapo SS wheelset and some leftover MTB parts. With what already have I think I can get it done for a bit under $400.

    I tried to get some help on this in the road bike forums but they're not all that helpful over there.
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    Has any one tried the Jamis Beatnik?

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    I've never heard of it, but it's not bad looking for $400. I might look into it. I think it has a few too many Jamis graphics though

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    I guess you could always go to walmart -

    [http://prollyisnotprobably.com/2010/...ongoose_ca.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew7
    I guess you could always go to walmart -

    [http://prollyisnotprobably.com/2010/...ongoose_ca.php
    HaHa! I saw that the other day!

    It might be worth it just to ride around and piss off the Hipsters but I guess it's only a matter of time before hipsters start riding them "ironically"!

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    The verdict still isn't in as to whether "fixed-speed" means fixed gear or single speed freewheel, though it's probably the later.
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    thats actually not a bad option for a winter bike here in chicago. although i like a free wheel.

    I am actually looking at a Kona Smoke 29. Not a single speed but looks like a good commuter for the money. not a single speed but can me made into one right.

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    OP- I bought a 925 for my dad a few years ago. It is a really good bike. Well mannered and smooth. The fenders and tire clearances are a huge plus. I would say that the downsides are that it is a bit more relaxed than other fixed gears, so it isn't as nimble or as fast, but that may not be a downside for you. You also might be able to squeeze some 32mm cross tires in there without fenders.

    Rusty904- Nothing against the Scrambler- it is a solid bike for commuting, but you can get a complete bike KiloTT from bikes direct for that much. I haven't thrown a leg over one, but I've heard good things and my friend loves his.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    OP- I bought a 925 for my dad a few years ago. It is a really good bike. Well mannered and smooth. The fenders and tire clearances are a huge plus. I would say that the downsides are that it is a bit more relaxed than other fixed gears, so it isn't as nimble or as fast, but that may not be a downside for you. You also might be able to squeeze some 32mm cross tires in there without fenders.

    Rusty904- Nothing against the Scrambler- it is a solid bike for commuting, but you can get a complete bike KiloTT from bikes direct for that much. I haven't thrown a leg over one, but I've heard good things and my friend loves his.
    Yeah, I may just do that or something like it that can clear tires that are a bit bigger. Do you think the TT could fit 28c?

    I'd rather have it than the WT or the equivalent Windsor,

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    My Soma Rush fits 28mm tires, and I assume that most bikes can. I've heard that a Kilo sans front brake (not recommended, ever) can fit fenders. 28mm should work. You will likely have toe overlap.

    I might prefer a WT (a bit of a flip for me) because it has the eyelets and clearance for fenders and racks. Great for commuting and touring. Swap out a chainring, get a bigger cog and use it for monstercross. Or nothing and haul balls to the bar/work.

    Quote Originally Posted by rusty904
    Yeah, I may just do that or something like it that can clear tires that are a bit bigger. Do you think the TT could fit 28c?

    I'd rather have it than the WT or the equivalent Windsor,

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    Yeah toe overlap was a bit of a concern when I first saw this bike. It might be a problem for me b/c maneuvering on campus requires a lot of low speed, super tight turns.

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    I just found this pic in another forum, the toe overlap might kill this bike for me.
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    I built up a Kogswell PR frame as a SS/fixed commuter recently. It's a great bike. They're going away but coming back under new management from Longleaf cycles.


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    What about the GF Gritty anythoughts on that. Seems like a nice bike for the price point.

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    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1072909_-1___
    This thing has 700x47c slicks on it and looks to be a beast. It also has a multi speed hub for later use and comes with a thermos . Had I known of this bike prior I would've picked it up asap.

    Also a promo code of "ride10" will get you an additional 10% off and if there is a performance bike in your area you can get free delivery!

    My LBS has Langsters in stock and do not get me wrong they are a sick looking bike but I do not like such skinny tires for commuting, I like a little cushion when I'm riding. They also have the Specialized Globe Elite IG3 (Internal 3speed) with some bigger tires however they're 26in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1072909_-1___
    This thing has 700x47c slicks on it and looks to be a beast. It also has a multi speed hub for later use and comes with a thermos . Had I known of this bike prior I would've picked it up asap.

    Also a promo code of "ride10" will get you an additional 10% off and if there is a performance bike in your area you can get free delivery!

    My LBS has Langsters in stock and do not get me wrong they are a sick looking bike but I do not like such skinny tires for commuting, I like a little cushion when I'm riding. They also have the Specialized Globe Elite IG3 (Internal 3speed) with some bigger tires however they're 26in.

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    This is awesome! I'm looking for a MTB-style SS I can easily convert to fixed gear. I was wondering about the seemingly vertical drop-outs and the apparent lack of a chain tensioner but it looks like it's got an eccentric BB too. Gold!
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    This is my winter commuter as of now
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4360953093/" title="SJ Snow 2-15-10 by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2777/4360953093_88a6a6cebb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="SJ Snow 2-15-10" /></a>

    I've had the Blue San Jose since 1995 it has about 6700 miles on it. Mostly winter riden.

    My pull the trigger on this this summer
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4377893984/" title="All City Green X 02 by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4043/4377893984_d4312a0488_b.jpg" width="1024" height="670" alt="All City Green X 02" /></a>

    Summer Commuter
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2906512887/" title="RustyOct 08 2 by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2906512887_3878b400e6_o.jpg" width="1024" height="760" alt="RustyOct 08 2" /></a>

    My Saturday Special 15lbs
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/1595079176/" title="NY Langster by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2351/1595079176_eda33d7b88_o.jpg" width="800" height="593" alt="NY Langster" /></a>

    I also have several SS mtn bikes including this 1x1 Rat Ride from 1998.
    This is before they called them Surly 1x1
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2972374729/" title="Rat Ride 008 by normbilt, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/2972374729_8b9456529c_o.jpg" width="1024" height="760" alt="Rat Ride 008" /></a>

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    [QUOTE=Normbilt]
    I also have several SS mtn bikes including this 1x1 Rat Ride from 1998.
    This is before they called them Surly 1x1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary the No-Trash Cougar
    This is awesome! I'm looking for a MTB-style SS I can easily convert to fixed gear. I was wondering about the seemingly vertical drop-outs and the apparent lack of a chain tensioner but it looks like it's got an eccentric BB too. Gold!
    If you get this bike I want a thread started with pictures galore, there seems to be nothing about it online (picture related).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
    If you get this bike I want a thread started with pictures galore, there seems to be nothing about it online (picture related).

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    You can count on it! There really is almost nothing on the web. Probably because it's a Mongoose and it's sold at Performance, so people just assume that it's an X-mart crap bike. I may just pull the trigger. My GF has been talking about getting a new commuter which automatically means I get a new bike to (LOL) even though we really don't have room for either.
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    My new SS 29er conversion. Everything was bought brand new.






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    SS Monstercross! Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE610
    im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
    the on one with different tires was a blast and a half. The PWs a good alt and theyre cheap
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    My messy weather (snow and slush) commuter. I like 26" wheels on a MTB


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    Been using it for a week now. Have a new quill stem (adapter to use a 1 1/8 threadless) and a new headset plus a seatpost. Nothing over $17.

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    So i found a paddy wagon for around 300 bucks on craiglist. going to go check it out tomorrow.

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    I bought the kona paddy wagon and rode it today. was cold and rainy but was a nice ride. my frist road type bike so its going to take a little getting used to the bars and what not but definetly no regrets yet.

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