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    Listen! Getting an inexpensive single speed?

    First off I am a high-school student looking to get into mountain biking. I am active and I do a lot of running, hiking, sports, etc. I have looked around and I think I would enjoy a Single Speed bike.

    The question I have is; is it possible to inexpensively get a bike and convert to a single speed? Or is it cheaper to buy a SS bike in the first place? The only bike I have now is a roadie, so I do not have a mountain bike readily accessible to convert. I have looked around on this site, and enjoyed the search function.

    I am on a small budget due to still being a student... Should I buy a geared bike and convert it? If so, what kind of bike? Ex: Specialized, Giant, Trek..or do I just need something with a functional frame? I would like to spend $500 or less if possible.

    I don't really want to buy a brand new bike and then rip stuff of it to make it a single speed, but Craigslist in my area seems to be pretty limited when it comes to mountain bikes... If ya'll could give me some advice, I would definitely appreciate it.

    Take care,
    Andrew Coleman

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    There are quite a few singlespeed bikes out there in the $500 range. I think the Redline Monocog is somewhere about that price, and gets raving reviews from anyone who has one.

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    If you are not in a big hurry, you could scavenge parts from eBay and other sites (ex: Truvativ crankset, bars / stem / tires etc from eBay, wheels from Bikeisland.com, etc). Nashbar carries frames that you can build as a single speed. There are other places like Pricepoint that also carry frames. If you start off with a rigid fork, you should pretty easily be able to assemble a singlespeed bike in your price range.

    Todd

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    Hey dude, we have a similar mtbing start. I started off with a GT Taquesta (spelling could suck) and the derailer and shifters quickly died and I converted to SS. If I were to do it all over again, I'd probably buy the Rockhopper I have now (89) for around a hundred, upgrade as needed and get a summer under your belt.

    Monocogs are fantastic and you can land one for 300 off ebay. Be patient.

    Where are you located?

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    Check your PM's.

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    Thanks guys, Ebay is the one place I haven't checked on much. I will start looking there.

    @ Umarth: I am located 45minutes north of Richmond, VA and 30mins south of Fredericksburg, VA.

    @ Flat ark: PM sent.

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    Check the classifieds here, too. I know there are a few cheap SS on there right now.

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    check the Nashbar thread going on right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by andr3wc
    Thanks guys, Ebay is the one place I haven't checked on much. I will start looking there.

    @ Umarth: I am located 45minutes north of Richmond, VA and 30mins south of Fredericksburg, VA.

    @ Flat ark: PM sent.
    Given your area, ebay will probably end up working best....

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