£350 to spend on a single speed - what to get?

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by park1, 6 Aug 2012.

  1. park1

    park1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Looking to replace my road bike (57cm Lemond Alp D'Huez if anyone is interested £350) with a single speed as I only use the bike to commute to and from work abotu 3 miles. Most is pretty flat, but there is small steepish hill (about 50m long) at the end.

    What do you experts think?
     
  2. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    Location:
    glasgow
    specialized langster for that money
     
  3. CopperCyclist

    CopperCyclist Veteran

    There was one for exactly that price on eBay a couple of days ago too, a new one.
     
  4. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    Location:
    glasgow
  5. OP
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    park1

    park1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Thanks guys, none for sale near me unfortunately, and i'm not keen on buying blind. Any other suggestions.

    I quite like the drop handle bars, but would be just as happy with a flat bar.
     
  6. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    Location:
    glasgow
    brand new or second hand ?
     
  7. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    3 miles? Personally I'd walk
     
  8. OP
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    park1

    park1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Kind of depends on whether I can get something decent for that price. I'd rather get new, but something uprgradable would be nice.

    Didn't realise i was on walkchat.net :thumbsup: Seriously though I shattered both my heel bones about five years ago. A 3 mile walk on pavements causes aches and pains. Plus, spending money on shoes is no where near as fun as spending money on a bike!
     
  9. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    Location:
    glasgow
    well tbh everything is upgradeable!!!lol ,id say get a bike with a good frame and forks as a starting point cos in reality youl prob want to change all the rest .
    there is loadsa choice but personally id b looking at something second hand or even buy an older style road bike and convert it if u like tinkering (and they look really good) ,if ur going pre built then most bigger names have a ss offering in their range ,its just finding one at the right money ,no reccs as in "buy this,,,
    "what i would say is dont limit yourself ,you may have to travel to get a bargain ,,as opposed to buying blind i think ul b very lucky to find exactly what u want and try before you buy ,unless you spend a good bit more and buy brand new from evans or such ,,,take ur pic"
     
  10. OP
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    park1

    park1 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Plymouth
    Cheers Jim, yep I think the search wil be half the fun. Luckily I have a good mate who is a proper cycle head and likes his single speeds so i can get some advice from him. He's bit of a purist though and is all about self building - i'm not so mechanically gifted, and finding the time with a 3yr old daughter, and indulging my other passion which is kitesurfing, leaves little time for the necessary work.
    If I can find a frame and some forks, there are some decent bike builders around that can help.
     
  11. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    Location:
    glasgow
    there will prob b a fixed gear forum in yr area try london fixed gear and single speed (lfgss forum-theres prob a local "scene "thing for loadsa cheap parts if u go down the self build route
     
  12. djb1971

    djb1971 Guru

    Location:
    Far Far Away
    The Edinburgh revolution track is a decent bike but a little heavy. On the lower end of the scale there's the Viking racemaster, it looks lovely with a retro paint scheme but again it'll weigh a ton. The genesis flyer is a lovely bike but it seems to be getting more and more expensive! Wish I still had mine and the day one cross!

    The langsters ok but they are a responsive but harsh ride, you should look for a nice steel frame. There's plenty out there reduced at the moment. I've just purchased a jamis Sputnik. It's one of the cheapest bikes I've had and it's great. It'll take guards and a rack and rides lovely. They do one with a flat bar called the beatnik which is on sale at Evans at the moment, it's got lower end stuff than the Sputnik but a bargain.

    Just have a look around and ask on here for opinions if you're unsure, most now have discounts on them to start making way for new stock.
     
  13. Alex11

    Alex11 Active Member

    Location:
    South West
    I love the Giant Bowery personally, I think it's a beautiful bicycle, very stylish and modern.
    There is one basically brand new (less than 10 miles ridden) with Brookes bar tape on it in Bristol for £275. http://www.trade-it.co.uk/for-sale-...ot-18054334.html?impression=normal_impression

    Short train ride from you in Plymouth and a beautiful bike.

    What d'you think?
     
  14. Rob3rt

    Rob3rt Man or Moose!

    Location:
    Manchester
    Fuji Track is another option, had one, was a good bike.
     
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