I'm selling a complete fixed gear. It is totally ready to ride and will probably kill you.
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I pushed it into a bike shop recently to have the rear wheel trued. At
the bottom of my receipt it read, 'My advice, get a new bike.' So, I
am. And maybe you are too! He was reserved enough not to use the words
'death' or 'trap,' but I'm not!
The frame is probably an old Raleigh that could have been worth
something. It's rattlecanned and chipping rapidly. The paint is almost
completely gone where my car's bike rack grips. There are, however, parts
of the bike that are still entirely painted.
Looking a little deeper, the headset is completely fucked. Unless you
can ride a unicycle, you can't ride this bike with no hands. I'm
expecting something terrible to happen in the headset in the next few
rides that will pitch me onto the pavement. For the right price, this
could be you!
Also, the pedals were never supposed to house toe cages. So, the cages
are kind of ruined and inoperable. Sometimes when I'm skidding, my
front foot will almost slip out and I'll get all wobbly before
righting myself. During these moments, my eyes are usually plate-wide
with terror. This could be your terror!
There are still front and rear brakes installed, because it was always
kind of a half-assed conversion. These could definitely be removed,
though. The bike shop guy even tightened up the rear
brakes for me. You could be the only fixie rider in SF with fully
functional rear brakes.
But the brake cables are also completely shot, so I wouldn't count on it.
The handlebar tape is falling off and one of the plugs is missing.
Also, I don't remember what kind of cranks are on it but the pedals
are super long. Every now and then when you're riding they slam off
the ground and get more ruined. Again, there's some aspect of terror
The gear ratio is 52/20. The rear tire is flat and the Presta valve is broken off.
This bike is what my brother affectionately refers to as a 'time bomb.' Why? Because there's no track hub or cog. Actually, there's a freewheel with loctite in it. So far, I've been able to learn how to ride fixed on this setup without it falling apart. But someday it will. And when it does, someone is going to get
I paid $80 for it 8 months ago in Buffalo. Considering we're in San Francisco, the asking price is $350. I think that's only fair.