Fixies - why SO expensive

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quiksilver
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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby quiksilver » 22 Jul 2009, 2:49pm



Those thing are a deathtrap, also cheap and nasty too.

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby random37 » 22 Jul 2009, 4:24pm



That's easily been at the special offer price for a year!

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby pioneer » 22 Jul 2009, 5:53pm

I agree with the OP in that for a bike with only one gear and often very little in the way of other stuff' too,they do seem stupidly expensive.

But when you are stood beside a Condor Tempo or Pearson Touche at a show and see how good they look, you can almost forgive them!

The price is driven basically by market forces. Just the same as cars or anything else. Hey Ho.

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby gilesjuk » 23 Jul 2009, 8:19pm

quiksilver wrote:Those thing are a deathtrap, also cheap and nasty too.


So are most of the bikes in Halfords or supermarkets, but people still buy them. You don't get quality at low prices.

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby pioneer » 24 Jul 2009, 9:25am

Giles, as ever, quite correct.

Though "some" of Halfords bikes are OK.

Though the Boardman' road bike (the £650.00 model), has had rave reviews, it seemed unduly heavy to me when I hefted' it.

Can't please everybody eh? :D

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby gilesjuk » 24 Jul 2009, 10:02am

Well, we're talking about the sub £100 price bracket here. Boardman (Chris, not Stan :lol:) bikes and some of the more expensive bikes in Halfords are fine, just so long as you are aware that the gears probably won't be set up correctly.

The deathtraps at Halfords are the cheap steel full suspension bikes with the catapult rear shock and the bed spring front suspension. These things should be banned as there is bound to be someone out there who will attempt to do downhill mountain biking on them.

It's amazing how someone can produce a bike for £70 when I've just paid £100 for a hub! The ball bearings must be plastic and the frame made from old baked bean tins.

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby pioneer » 24 Jul 2009, 10:52am

There is an LBS near me that actually uses one of these £69.99 full sus' mountain bikes in it's window as an advert. The bike is new or newish' but pretty well mangled. The wording goes something like "If you buy a bike like this,it may last six months if you are lucky,it will be horrible to ride,cause you trouble and be a complete waste of money. It is not worth it! Come inside and look at our bikes instead. Be prepared to spend a bit more,you won't be sorry!"

It makes sense to me.

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby mick skinner » 24 Jul 2009, 7:08pm

On Evans the cheapest fixed is nearly £400! - Fully derailleured bikes are cheaper


a fully deraileured bike cheaper than £400 is not only cheap but cheap and nasty.

do you not understand that better quality stuff actually has higher production cost?

do all of you lot seriously begrudge paying over four hundred pounds for something that supposedly brings you a lot of pleasure to use? (this is a cyclists forum isn't it?)

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Re: Fixies - why SO expensive

Postby rogerzilla » 24 Jul 2009, 7:58pm

gilesjuk wrote:It's amazing how someone can produce a bike for £70 when I've just paid £100 for a hub! The ball bearings must be plastic and the frame made from old baked bean tins.

The last child's bike I bought, made by Raleigh* had pedals with plain bushes (no ball bearings at all) and plastic bearing cups in the front hub. I wasn't that bothered because I built new wheels for it anyway - the main objective was to get a frame with 110mm rear spacing and no silly suspension.

*i.e. subcontracted to a slave camp somewhere in a Far Eastern totalitarian state.