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    Newbie to SS/ Fixed - Please Advise

    Brief backround: I rode mountain bikes for several years in NY & various Western states ( Wildland Firefighter for US Forest Service ). I never owned a road bike & started with a Sinister Ridge hardtail. My recent bikes ( I sold both ) were a 2008 Titus Motolite & 2009 Santa Cruz Heckler. It was difficult to travel back & forth across the country with two bikes & My riding needs/ habitats have changed.

    I seek an everyday do-it-all bike ( We are looking for the perfect One bike ). I no longer want the hassle of fixing & adjusting many components. I Love the Simplicity of The Ride.

    My riding now will consist of urban/suburban roads/ sidewalks, etc. & two track dirt roads & non-technical singletrack. I will use bike for commuting & exploring.

    I want a steel frame with rigid fork. SS or Fixed ( which ever would suit My riding needs best ). After many years riding mountain bikes with all the " bling ", the pure beauty & simplicity of SS/Fixed confounds Me on where to begin & what to purchase.

    Funding is not an issue but I do not wish to spend ridiculous amounts on something if there is a better alternative @ a lower price.

    Please suggest frame or complete bike, gearing ratio ( I Love to pedal hard & work the heart ), geometry, tire size ( I assume no road tires but no mountain bike tires either ), ant specific components.

    Thank You Kindly in advance. I look forward to your replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pathfinder3 View Post
    ...We are looking for the perfect One bike...
    First off, good luck with that. There is no perfect one bike quiver. Some may argue, but deep down, they know this is true.

    That said, for what you're describing, I'd go cyclocross. Something like a Surly Cross Check, Soma Double Cross, Salsa, Gunnar, etc. all make good steel bikes. Get some 38's and you're ready for on and off road.

    I personally have a Surly Steamroller that I occasionally take off road (with 38's). But if I were going to do it regularly, I'd go with a cross frame.

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    I am in the same school of thought as you concerning desire for simplicity of the ride. I am currently selling my motolite (an awesome bike for trail riding btw) and have been riding more endurance/epic style xc lately where durability & simplicity/efficiency are first in my priorities for what I need in a bike.

    I chose Salsa's El Mariachi. 600 bucks for a versatile steel frame with great geometry, good ss chain tensioning system and ability to run gears for those rides/months/years that you decide to take a break from ss. I went rigid with a Fargo fork (similar to the Cromoto Grande except the Fargo has extra braze ons for cages). I am starting with 32x20 gearing, which should be good all around gearing which will keep me from spinning out too much on the flats, yet still allow some decent climbs. I may move up to 32x22 so I can climb in the saddle over extended periods, but for the most part, 32x20 should be good.

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    I know there is no ' One ' bike ... I tried that with My all mountain bikes ... " They " totted the Santa Cruz Nomad as the one bike, but far from it ... ...

    I will be riding urban/road 60%-100% of time ... I will ride trails the remainder ( mostly weekend riding ) ... I want to limit Myself to one bike that I can do both with without having to change many things ...

    Thanks for the reply & suggestions ...
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    The only thing I know is that I do not want drop down handlebars ... I think that is why I did not look at cross bikes ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pathfinder3 View Post
    The only thing I know is that I do not want drop down handlebars ... I think that is why I did not look at cross bikes ...
    There is no law against putting straight flat bars on a cross bike. However, if you're looking for a MTB, something like a Surly Karate Monkey with a rigid fork should fit your needs (maybe with some 700x38 cross/semi-slick tires). Universal Cycles has them for $1,120. Your LBS should be able to match that price.

    Gearing wise, I'd go somewhere in the 60-70 gear inches. I'm at a touch over 70GI on my fixed road bike and it's about perfect around here with all the hills. (48x18, 172.5mm cranks, 700x26). So on a 29er, you can run something like 36x16, 37x18, etc. Anything less, you'll drive yourself crazy with the spin-n-glide method.

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    I know that riding My other bikes ( Heckler & Motolite ) around town was not enjoyable to say the least ... Where would I compromise on the SS to make both road & trail worthy ... ??? ... I assume the tire width & tread would be the big difference ( I had 2.35 & 2,5 on the trail bikes & they were obviously not good on pavement ) ...

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    @ P Nut ... Exactly !!! ... That made Me look @ things differently .. ...

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    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/uno.htm

    This bike seems to meet your specifications to a tee. That is except for the drop handlebars. Then again at that price it wouldn't be too unreasonable to change out the bar to a flat bar.

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    read this:
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=180020

    on a budget, look into the Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno from Bikesdirect.com

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    I have been riding and racing my Pake C'Mute for a while now - a great "do-it-all'er"

    Set up 1X8, I can get anywhere and everywhere. Here's my initial impression, 6 month review and 1+ year review. My reviews have been on Pake's own website, and all the folks that have been influenced by my write-ups have been happy with the bike. Other framesets like it would be the Surly Cross-Check, Soma Double-Cross, Singular, etc.

    I started off with drops, but ended up putting a regular mountain bike bar on it and I'm very happy with the set-up; works great on the CX course, as-well.

    I've tried to do the "do-it-all'er" with a single speed and it's very, very difficult to find a gear ratio that's fast on the street and works on the steep dirt climbs. The closest bike I built that could work okay for this was my MotoBecane Fantom Cross Uno. It was geared 44/22 and still very slow on the street.

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    I will sorta second Dion. I don't think SS is what is going to work best for you. I really like Voodoo's Nakisi, as well as Pake. The nice thing about the Nakisi is that you have tons of clearance and can run disc brakes. SS, commute, gears, singletrack, I think the bike could handle it all, and it is cheap as ****. I'd roll it with flat bars, meself.

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