- Feb 22, 2013
I see lots of custom messenger bikes out on the Internet, are there any recommend brands? Or should I just get a more decent bike and spray-paint it DIY? Thanks.
What do you intend to do with your bike? FWIW, spending more money on a name brand fixie might not be justified depending on your needs. I've seen a whole bunch of perfectly good fixies and single speeds made from older frames from which were hung new wheels and cranks. If you're intending on using the bike as a commuter or campus bike and will have the bike locked up outside at times, a new, shiny bike with a factory paint job will scream, "Steal Me!" To be honest, a lot of name brand fixies and single speeds are being sold to people looking for fashion statements.cheeseburglar said:I see lots of custom messenger bikes out on the Internet, are there any recommend brands? Or should I just get a more decent bike and spray-paint it DIY? Thanks.
try ebay, search for track bikes and singlespeedcheeseburglar said:I'm sorry but I don't have the knowledge, tools, nor money for building my own bike. So I am asking if there're any good quality fixies(pre-made, or custom made)? Suggestions please? Thanks.
The brand really doesn't matter at all; whatever brand your favorite local bike shop (LBS) sells is fine. Look at the features and the fit, the wheels and gearing setup. Suggest you start at a local bike shop, test ride bikes if possible. A decent fixie/single speed doesn't cost a lot, and the shop may even have a used bike for sale. Get it set up the way you want before you buy. Don't plan to change bars or anything else after you buy the bike, as that gets expensive. You can get a cheaper bike online than from your LBS, but you won't get the ability to test ride or even see the bike before you buy, and you won't get any set up or service after the sale is done.Originally Posted by cheeseburglar .
First, I came across brands like "Pure fix" "state bicycle" "Raleigh" "SE" "Foffa" "vilona" "mercier"... According to your experience, just which type of which brand would you recommend? (there're so many!!)
Second, are handlebars of each bike changeable? Because I see lots of nice bikes with flatbars, yet, I like bullhorns a lot better so was wondering if I could change them.
P.S. I don't want no name bikes, thank you.
Thank you so much.
Well, if you know that you want BULLHORN handlebars, then you can start with either a TRACK-type or a FLAT BAR bike ...Originally Posted by cheeseburglar .
.... are handlebars of each bike changeable? Because I see lots of nice bikes with flatbars, yet, I like bullhorns a lot better so was wondering if I could change them.
Are YOU in Germany, Europe, [COLOR= #ff0000]elsewhere[/COLOR]?Originally Posted by cheeseburglar .
How about this one? Thanks.
And pre-fatigued. Really, on a frame this old, there is no way of knowing the condition. Has the frame or fork been crashed and straightened, how much internal rust, etc, etc. Buying a rebuilt bike like this from a photo would be about like buying a repainted 70's car over the internet. Sure, the pictures look great, but what's under the paint?Originally Posted by CAMPYBOB .
"The frame & fork have been completely depainted..."
And pre-rusted. Brilliant.