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    I've decided I want to get a single speed/fixed gear. Initially thought about a Surly but the guys at the local shops roll their eyes when I bring it up and I even had one guy said I'd hate a single speed and get bored riding it. Seems like Surlys are becoming the "yuppy" thing to do these days (at least in my area).

    The next thought was a Kona Paddywagon or Bandwagon but I want to build more of a commuter than a track bike and I'm afraid something that looks that pretty would get stolen fast in my 'hood and I can't get the 38c tire size of the Surly.

    Ran across Milwaukee Bruiser frames. Was thinking about building one as a commuter - doesn't come with stickers so folks wouldn't know what they are stealing. It's as pretty or as ugly as I want it to be, and it looks like it can be beat to hell.

    Anyone on the forum have any experience (good, bad, or indifferent)? I'm thinking of placing the order on Friday evening.
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    Surlys are the Yuppy thing to do? Around here its what people do when they want a solid, cheap frame.

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    Maybe you need to find a shop that isn't so judgmental. Surlys are really well thought out, solid bikes. And they're relatively cheap.

    I hate that discouraging attitude shop guys have sometimes. I got the same thing when I built up my first fixed gear a few years ago "Oh, looks like everybody has to have a fixed gear now."

    But it was really all I could afford at the time, and I rode that bike a ton.

    Long story short, get what you want, ride it, and don't worry about what other people think.

    And that bruiser frame looks pretty cool. If you get it, post lots of pictures
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    They called a single speed yuppie and tried to sell you a friggin track bike. get what you want to hell with what someone else says.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    They called a single speed yuppie and tried to sell you a friggin track bike. get what you want to hell with what someone else says.
    I agree - f that shenanigans

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    Love my Surly Steamroller. If you want to try out singlespeed, but not 100% sure yet, the Surly Cross Check makes a good choice, as it can be SS or geared. It is a cyclocross bike, and IIRC, you can fit 42's. Decals are all removeable.

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    p_nut - I think that's the route I'm going to end up going. I stopped by a local store today and they're much more helpful than the other place I asked about the Surly. Going to go with the cross check, 38c tires, etc., etc.

    I still want to check out a Bruiser though...wish someone local had one.

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    Redline 925 frames are a nice alternative to Surly. I love Surlys, no doubt, but my wife's 925 is really a well thought out commuter with great geometry. Unlike the Steamroller, the 925 has braze-ons for fenders. Tire clearance may be an issue if you insist on tires larger than 32c.
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    YUP ride the ^*[email protected]*&! out of my long haul trucker, reminds me of days gone by tooling around town on my schwinn probe ATB Surly, yuppie, I mean yippie!

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    Cross Check if you are aiming for a commuter. One wants eyelets, afterall. I think I'd rather have a KM than the bruiser....

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    Quote Originally Posted by buddhak
    Redline 925 frames are a nice alternative to Surly. I love Surlys, no doubt, but my wife's 925 is really a well thought out commuter with great geometry. Unlike the Steamroller, the 925 has braze-ons for fenders. Tire clearance may be an issue if you insist on tires larger than 32c.
    I can still put fenders on my Steamroller with the clamp on kind. But since a Cross Check was suggested, that really doesn't matter, since both CC and 925 have fenders. But the CC is more versitile than the 925 and can fit bigger tires.

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    I just got a Kilo WT from Bikesdirect; it's a Steamroller copy with full rack mounts front and rear, complete, for the cost of the Steamroller frameset. I'm loving it, took it on the trails recently with the boring 32c kenda kwikrollers and enjoyed it. The frame will fit as much as a 1.8inch tire, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnypecans
    I just got a Kilo WT from Bikesdirect; it's a Steamroller copy with full rack mounts front and rear, complete, for the cost of the Steamroller frameset. I'm loving it, took it on the trails recently with the boring 32c kenda kwikrollers and enjoyed it. The frame will fit as much as a 1.8inch tire, as well.
    Pictures....

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    Here are some I took last night, still need to change some things on the bike - the stem is a bit long, and I'll probably swap the bars out for some more comfortable drops.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4391559869/" title="IMG_1370 by twentyniner&amp;single, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4058/4391559869_033fef9f2f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_1370" /></a> <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]3/4391560237/" title="IMG_1374 by twentyniner&amp;single, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4391560237_e18f9cecf7.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_1374" /></a>
    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4392329224/" title="IMG_1371 by twentyniner&amp;single, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4035/4392329224_d6215fd85c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="IMG_1371" /></a>

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    Nice. Which size is that?

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    It's a 56cm. I've had a Windsor Hour in the past, and this Kilo is definitely better finished than the Windsor. All the welds on this frame are very nice and clean, the paint is better quality, and the parts on it are higher quality than the Windsor's were. On the other hand, I snapped the seatpost binder bolt in half with barely any torque. Luckily, I had a spare QR binder bolt that worked.

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    Yay, another BD thread.

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    What about an FBM Sword?
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