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    Well, in that case...go with the 56.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charliethetuna View Post
    this bike will pretty much be my "everything" bike. the trouble with a LBS is this is a very specialized bike. it's a steel single speed wide tire bike. the only other one I could find is the steamroller. chain reaction cycles has a really nice bike but out of my price range. I've bought 2 other bikes from bikesdirect and have been very happy. i'm pretty good at self fitting. I've done a lot of research and know what to do and what to look for. as of now I cant seem to find a bike that fit my criteria.

    Not to judge, but may I ask why you want a fixie rather than a bike with gears?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wim View Post
    With some shops, yes. With other shops, even if "reputable," not so much. Looks like it's all moot for now--the bike he wants is sold out in all colors and sizes. Mike Spratt writes "More in November."
    I agree but at least he can test ride at a shop and weed out really bad mistakes by feel.

    I just don't picture something called a "track bike" being a good choice for a 300 pound guy without much riding experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    I just don't picture something called a "track bike" being a good choice for a 300 pound guy without much riding experience.
    Well, lots of these Bikes Direct "track" bike purchases are driven more by style than cold logic...
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    Check Nashbar. They have a single speed steel cross bike

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    not a fixie but a single speed. I don't really feel like I need gears. my terrain is totally flat and I feel it's more "pure" riding a single speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charliethetuna View Post
    not a fixie but a single speed. I don't really feel like I need gears. my terrain is totally flat and I feel it's more "pure" riding a single speed.
    I'm not sure what the difference between a fixie and a single speed is. Aren't they the same? A track bike is different as it doesn't have brakes. A fixie does.

    But hey, whatever it takes to keep your interest in riding is what's important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    I'm not sure what the difference between a fixie and a single speed is. Aren't they the same? A track bike is different as it doesn't have brakes.
    a track bike is a fixed gear bike. it doesn't freewheel. you can drill the fork and install a rim brake.

    a fixed gear bike usually is setup with a single "speed" or gear.

    unlike a fixed gear bike, "a single speed" bike usually freewheels so you can coast without pedaling. a brake or brakes are required with a bike that freewheels.

    many single speed bikes are setup with flip/flop rear hubs with a fixed cog on one side and a freewheel cog on the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    a track bike is a fixed gear bike. it doesn't freewheel. you can drill the fork and install a rim brake.

    a fixed gear bike usually is setup with a single "speed" or gear.

    unlike a fixed gear bike, "a single speed" bike usually freewheels so you can coast without pedaling. a brake or brakes are required with a bike that freewheels.

    many single speed bikes are setup with flip/flop rear hubs with a fixed cog on one side and a freewheel cog on the other.

    Oh OK. So a fixie is a track bike - no freewheel, no brakes. Got it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by charliethetuna View Post
    not a fixie but a single speed. I don't really feel like I need gears. my terrain is totally flat and I feel it's more "pure" riding a single speed.
    There's more to a track bike than having a fixed gear. They handle as someone racing, you guessed it, track, would want. Which is generally quite a bit different than what a 300 pounder starting out would be best off with.

    that being said I'm not sure if what you're looking at is really a track bike or just marketed as being one for the hipster market.

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