10 Bikes You Should Consider Before Buying a Fixed Gear

Obscure 1980s Italian Road Bike

PROS:
• Makes Cat 6 races more fun.
• There’s a lot to be said for gears and brakes.

CONS:
• “Excuse me, do you have any ‘70s Campagnolo derailleur pulleys in stock? Stop laughing!”
• That vintage saddle looks better than it feels

Unless you’re looking for something to shuttle you from your TriBeCa loft space to your SoHo gallery and back, stay away from recognizable names like Colnago and Cinelli. Instead just look for gaudy paintjobs, low pricetags, and names with lots of vowels. Whether the bike was actually made in Italy or not is immaterial. Much like a car from the same era/region, frequent work may be required, so plan on either befriending a mechanic or becoming one.

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