Thursday, 10 March 2011
Need a fixed-gear 'rain-bike'
These are the only two appropriate bikes sold in my size in Japan:
Specialized Langster Steel
Or I can order one of these from the states and have it sent here, but it requires using a mail-forwarding company, and paying something like $200:
The order I introduced them is the order of pretty, I think, and the Langster has slightly better/lighter components. On the other hand, the Timeline has space for fenders... and the others really don't but I can fudge something unsatisfactory. And only the Timeline and Angus have bottle-cage brazes, but the one on the Angus is on the wrong tube.
Then there's the money (bike, shipping and necessary modifications):
Specialized Langster Steel: $950
Fuji Feather: $850
Iro Angus: $650
Windsor Timeline: $600
Yes, the Timeline is much cheaper, and the right rain ride... but it's not pretty! The ideal is the 2010 Surly Steamroller: the '11 has stupid bars.