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#1
Hello everyone,

I am a newbie to this forum and was hoping if I could use help of you people for purchasing a bike. I am not so much fitness freak and hate to go to gym, therefore, I was suggested by an old man to ride a fixed gear bike as it is good for legs, is it so ?
And if it is so, then where to get such a bike, I am looking over the internet and still my quest isn't over. Therefore, I decided to head towards such a group of people who are experienced and have great knowledge of these things. I hope I am at the right place. So please give me your valuable feedback regarding a fixed gear bike which doesn't cost me more than $300.
Thanks in advance Smile
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#2
Riding a fixie will make your legs strong, perhaps a bit more so that riding a normal geared bike. Since you only have one gear, it forces you to work harder than you would to start up, go uphill, etc. On a geared bike, you can switch to a more efficient gear depending on speed/conditions. They're fun to ride and I like them. They're not the most practical bike always. Rough if you're in a hilly area. Top speed is limited. The bike that will really help your fitness is the one you will ride the most. For me, I try to ride as much as I can for practical trips since I don't have much time for fitness riding. I'd say get a bike that you'll get the most use out of. That said, one nice thing on a fix is that you can get decent quality at a lower price.

I don't have any specific recommendations for you. Here's one big online seller that has choices :
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm

A couple general notes:
- Get something with a "cromo" or "chromoly" frame if you can. This is better quality steel and will ride a lot better. If it just says "steel" or "TIG welded steel", etc. it's a low quality frame.
- You have a choice of drop bars (like racing bike) or upright. Personal choice. You'll be a lot more stretched out on drop bars.
- Look for stainless steel spokes, double wall rims
- Most bikes will come with a "flip-flop" hub that lets you ride fix or single speed freewheel. Some will only come with a freewheel installed. You would need to buy a fix cog and install. Not expensive, but one more thing to buy.
- If you can buy from a shop, do so. But your choices may be limited. Buying online probably isn't any worse than buying from big box store.
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(01-28-2014, 06:11 PM)DaveM Wrote:  Riding a fixie will make your legs strong, perhaps a bit more so that riding a normal geared bike. Since you only have one gear, it forces you to work harder than you would to start up, go uphill, etc. On a geared bike, you can switch to a more efficient gear depending on speed/conditions. They're fun to ride and I like them. They're not the most practical bike always. Rough if you're in a hilly area. Top speed is limited. The bike that will really help your fitness is the one you will ride the most. For me, I try to ride as much as I can for practical trips since I don't have much time for fitness riding. I'd say get a bike that you'll get the most use out of. That said, one nice thing on a fix is that you can get decent quality at a lower price.

I don't have any specific recommendations for you. Here's one big online seller that has choices :
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/trackbikes.htm

A couple general notes:
- Get something with a "cromo" or "chromoly" frame if you can. This is better quality steel and will ride a lot better. If it just says "steel" or "TIG welded steel", etc. it's a low quality frame.
- You have a choice of drop bars (like racing bike) or upright. Personal choice. You'll be a lot more stretched out on drop bars.
- Look for stainless steel spokes, double wall rims
- Most bikes will come with a "flip-flop" hub that lets you ride fix or single speed freewheel. Some will only come with a freewheel installed. You would need to buy a fix cog and install. Not expensive, but one more thing to buy.
- If you can buy from a shop, do so. But your choices may be limited. Buying online probably isn't any worse than buying from big box store.

Hey Dave,
I really appreciate the time you took to provide some valuable feedback on what to actually buy. I'll definitely consider your points and visit that website too, apart from that I got a nice collection of bikes on http://www.criticalcycles.com/ . I particularly liked this bike [attachment=4847]
I comply with you that buying from inline will be much better as My search doesn't restricts me and I can get it shipped from anywhere. I will be riding this bike a lot especially for workout purpose, moreover, I could also use it to commute to work.
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