Moving house soon, will finally be within a reasonable commute from work again. Commute will be about 20km ea way, no steep hills, just fairly gradual ones (Ipswich to Wacol). Have ridden this patch quite a few times on my roadie but dont wanna be commuting on that bike. Loaded on my roadie wheelset does not appeal, and swapping wheelsets does also not appeal.
Never owned or ridden a SS or fixie before. I figure less maintenance and lack of bail out gearing should be good for me. Have got a nice bag already, no rack required (but fender mounts would be nice). Might also be good to have the option to run at least 25c w fenders (pref 28c). Drops are also required, but I can always chuck some on, dont have to be included in the sale. 1 1/8 threadless is also a must as I have plenty of spares around already to suit.
If I grab a CELL $199 fixie will it do the job? Is there something significantly better to be had in the <$400 range (base purchase only, can add drops/tyres/fenders on top)? Budget is limited by the wife Also I am a spinner, I can avg upto 100 rpm cadence on rides, so what sort of gearing should I look at?
Some of the earlier SE drafts were made out of hi-ten steel. Made for a very heavy bike.
The cell deal is great value, $199 and I think they are doing $20 off orders over $149 atm. They come with risers but you could always swap out for drops.
You make a good point on the rack…happy to just use my bag for now. I need to lug a 15.6" laptop, so would have to find a waterproof method of putting it on a rack. Either way i’m pretty keen on single speed for maintenance purposes, and im pretty confident i dont need gears for this particular route.
Will be keeping an eye out for something to pop up, otherwise Ill prob end up with a CELL
If you’re open to building something up, consider a Voodoo Maji from velogear.com.au or torpedo7.com.au. Cheap but very nice frame for the price, good geo for long commutes, will take 32mm tyres with fenders, I’m pretty sure has mounts for a rack, and is 1 1/8". With a bit of patience and shopping around for second hand parts, or some love from fixed.org friends, you could maybe just build one for $400.