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im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
 

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BigE610 said:
im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
the 925 would be a great bike.
I've racked up 143 miles this month on this

 

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nice. bike. Im really leaning towards the 925 as a dedicated commuter. I have a gf rig and really like the ss but want something with fenders and a little cheaper so i dont feel bad for beating it up on the roads. I also like how it comes with everything in the price. things are kinda crazy right now in my family and i dont have time to shop around for odds and ends. thanks for the reply
 

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the 925 would be a great bike.
I've racked up 143 miles this month on this

WOW! I REALLY REALLY REALLY like that bike. Almost a perfect combo of classic style, high quality components and single-speed hipness!!!!

Is that a build up YOU did, or is that stock?
 

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BigE610 said:
im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
the 925 is a commuter specific bike. The parts are OK for the price point. I had one and ended up swapping the frame out for a on one ill pompino and also swapping out for lighter parts. I really liked the simplicity ie: nimble handling, and it hauled A$S big time. .
 

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BigE610 said:
im thinking of getting a commuter bike. I like the redline 925 because it comes with fenders and seems like a great out of the box bike. are there any other bikes similar that i should have on my radar. I like 29ers over 26er but would be willing to try a 26er. thanks guys
Raleigh One Way
Steelwool Tweed
Voodoo Agwe
Novara Transfer
Marin Hamilton
Surly CrossCheck
Bianchi San Jose
Masi Soulville
Salsa Casseroll
Swobo Sanchez
Kona Dr. Fine
Gary Fisher Triton
Trek Soho
KHS Urban Uno

I really liked the look and specs of the Raleigh, but the frame was too small. The Steelwool wasn't available when I finally purchased my Agwe. I got the Agwe because of price and big tires with fender.

Happy Hunting.

 

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I'm looking for something similar, I'm thinking of building something with this frameset, a cheapo SS wheelset and some leftover MTB parts. With what already have I think I can get it done for a bit under $400.

I tried to get some help on this in the road bike forums but they're not all that helpful over there.
 

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I've never heard of it, but it's not bad looking for $400. I might look into it. I think it has a few too many Jamis graphics though
 

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The verdict still isn't in as to whether "fixed-speed" means fixed gear or single speed freewheel, though it's probably the later.
 

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thats actually not a bad option for a winter bike here in chicago. although i like a free wheel.

I am actually looking at a Kona Smoke 29. Not a single speed but looks like a good commuter for the money. not a single speed but can me made into one right.
 

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OP- I bought a 925 for my dad a few years ago. It is a really good bike. Well mannered and smooth. The fenders and tire clearances are a huge plus. I would say that the downsides are that it is a bit more relaxed than other fixed gears, so it isn't as nimble or as fast, but that may not be a downside for you. You also might be able to squeeze some 32mm cross tires in there without fenders.

Rusty904- Nothing against the Scrambler- it is a solid bike for commuting, but you can get a complete bike KiloTT from bikes direct for that much. I haven't thrown a leg over one, but I've heard good things and my friend loves his.
 

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OP- I bought a 925 for my dad a few years ago. It is a really good bike. Well mannered and smooth. The fenders and tire clearances are a huge plus. I would say that the downsides are that it is a bit more relaxed than other fixed gears, so it isn't as nimble or as fast, but that may not be a downside for you. You also might be able to squeeze some 32mm cross tires in there without fenders.

Rusty904- Nothing against the Scrambler- it is a solid bike for commuting, but you can get a complete bike KiloTT from bikes direct for that much. I haven't thrown a leg over one, but I've heard good things and my friend loves his.
Yeah, I may just do that or something like it that can clear tires that are a bit bigger. Do you think the TT could fit 28c?

I'd rather have it than the WT or the equivalent Windsor,
 

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My Soma Rush fits 28mm tires, and I assume that most bikes can. I've heard that a Kilo sans front brake (not recommended, ever) can fit fenders. 28mm should work. You will likely have toe overlap.

I might prefer a WT (a bit of a flip for me) because it has the eyelets and clearance for fenders and racks. Great for commuting and touring. Swap out a chainring, get a bigger cog and use it for monstercross. Or nothing and haul balls to the bar/work.

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Yeah, I may just do that or something like it that can clear tires that are a bit bigger. Do you think the TT could fit 28c?

I'd rather have it than the WT or the equivalent Windsor,
 

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Yeah toe overlap was a bit of a concern when I first saw this bike. It might be a problem for me b/c maneuvering on campus requires a lot of low speed, super tight turns.
 

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I built up a Kogswell PR frame as a SS/fixed commuter recently. It's a great bike. They're going away but coming back under new management from Longleaf cycles.

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