Build a bike!

We all love a good fixie. Clean lines, simple mechanics, and oh so trendy. And if you’ve been drooling over that Don Clark Nor Cal print below, this just may be your summer bicycling dream come true.

Cruising Craigslist for bikes is great, but you never quite know what you’ll end up with. Urban Outfitters took out the guess work and teamed up with Aristotle Bikes, bringing you fancy fixies that you can customize on the web. Click the components and they magically change colors! Thanks for the awesome bikes, internet!

Get your cogs on at Urban Outfitters Bikes.

ah jeeze… here it comes… que angry bike nerd / elitists in 5…4…3…

btw, it’s republic bikes… based in FL… they’ve been doing this sort of thing for a while over in the UK (under the “Unipack” brand). based on what i’ve heard the quality is a bit meh… but for the price not bad.

i’ll admit i’m tempted! still, i’m going to drop by my local bike shop first to get their thoughts / suggestions…

This IS a joke, right? No seriously.

I quit.

Matt |

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Bike nerd/elitist riiiight here.. I want people to ride their bike and LOVE it, not curse it b/c they didn’t budget for repairs/parts replacement, so I’ll restrain myself and just encourage people to do some research before dropping their cash.

There are several *cheaper* options of significantly higher quality for an entry level complete SS/fixed gear bike..

Renee |

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Funny. I ditto everything thats been said.

Megan |

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There are several *cheaper* options of significantly higher quality for an entry level complete SS/fixed gear bike..

Ooo! Do tell… (seriously, not being sarcastic)

really? Is this a paid product placement… I love the bikes for the masses thing and aren’t against UO partnering with republic bikes but why this blog? ditto better options out there…

nathan |

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Hey Guys,This isn’t a product placement, paid advertisement or anything like that. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about bikes. I don’t have a car or bike, I just walk everywhere I Johnny Appleseed. If you guys have bike knowledge you want to share, please school me!

urban outfitters are famous for rip-off other artist works. fuck them!

isn’t the fun part finding the old shitty fixer upper, stripping it, and building it yourself? i saw that on UO and it made me sad, not because it’ll get more cyclists out there, but because they’ll be missing out on the relationship that u get with your bike when you put time and energy into creating it and its fun look.

Bobby/Dave – The easiest thing to look at is the frame.. The Mercier Kilo TT is the best bang-for-the buck that I’m aware of. With chromoly (a strong and light steel/carbon alloy) tubing and a fork that’s nicer than it should be for a bike at this price, you’ve already got a big-leg up quality-wise for $50 less. The Republic bikes are made of hi-ten steel, which is.. well, the way I’ve heard it phrased: “a step up from gas pipe”.. It’s heavy, and rusts easily. Also, if you really get into cycling (the ideal outcome) and start wanting to upgrade components, that frame is not really worthy. A nicer frame can kinda grow with you for awhile.

From what I’ve heard from people who’ve gotten an Aristotle, apparently you’re looking at replacing the wheelset and chain (scary!) pretty soon after purchase. Add that to the base cost and you could have gotten a *much* nicer bike, minus all the trouble. For a new cyclist, dealing with repairs and/or buying a new wheelset can be intimidating. There’s a lot to wrap you head around.

Philip – That’s also my first reaction, but lots of people just aren’t interested in investing the time, research, nuts and bolts experience etc.. They just want to get out there and ride, which is totally cool too. It took me 2 complete bikes before I felt I knew enough about what I wanted to start my first build.

Renee |

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Please visit your local bike shop first. Where I live near Boston there are easily 10 bike shops in a 3 mile radius from my apartment, my favorite being…

I know that’s not the case everywhere in the country but support your local community before going the Mundane Outfitters route. Not only is the face-to-face experience is way better/ more practical when building a bike, you’ll be buying local and keeping the little guys alive. There’s nothing elitist about that.

Dave-O |

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Renee & Dave-O – right on! Thanks!

shame shame, grain edit. This post has nothing to do with design; other than it promotes design conformity.

Here is a suggestion: Go to a local bike shop and get an older road bike converted to single speed (or fixie if you want to fit in). This way you eliminate packing and shipping waste, plus you pay less, plus you don’t get a pre-packaged bike that will never live up to it’s product description…

Thanks everyone! I appreciate you taking the time to share your suggestions and thoughts. Very helpful!

Also (not that this hasn’t been pretty roundly stamped into the ground), look at the weight! 24lbs! My ’84 Bianchi 12spd is 23lbs, and that’s with lights and derailleurs and gears, etc. If you turn a good old road bike into a fixie you can easily be in the sub 20′s, and weight is huge, esp. if you’re only cranking on one gear.

This then seems like the hipster equivalent of the Costco brand bikes – heavy, relatively cheap and cheaply made. At the same time, that is a pretty bitchin’ widget, and I have to admit I made a pretty sweet-ass-lookin’ bike on it. To get a completely customized, awesome lookin’ bike plopped down on your doorstep for $400 bones, well, I can think of a lot worse deals, provided you’re not expecting riding nirvana.

from my limited knowledge, aren’t fixed gear bikes without hand brakes? the pict above really isn’t a fixed gear bike and the ones they sell at urban outfitters aren’t either. they are single speed bikes.. huge difference.

from my limited knowledge, aren’t fixed gear bikes without hand brakes?