Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Fixed Wheel

Have decided upon a fixed wheel bike, from a company called swobo, should be lighter too ride than a rickshaw . . more to come soon, one of the major factors was the way swobo do their business..

http://www.swobo.com/history.aspx

8 comments:

Tim said...

Did you look at the UK based On-One Il Pompino? Operating out of his garden shed, Brant sounds like a sound bloke and the Pomp has achieved near cult status. Really tempted myself, but I'm being told 5 bikes is more than enough ...

Ben and Will said...

ah yes, i did look at the pompino, in fact there was one on ebay the other day. It's had some great reviews and looks a solid unit.

For me I wanted a balance between racing angles and practicality and when I started to do the maths of either building or buying it made more sense to go for a built bike.

I think you can get a pompino for £375 (no pedals or tyres) which is a cracking price. I just dont think I could have bought one and then gone through the process of making it a bike that didn't look worth stealing, it looks to nice! The swobo has a galvanised frame which is interesting and some cool components. It's kind of lile the bike equivalent of a skateboard, just pick it up and go, but I dont think it'll look to nickable...

Jon Vaughan said...

been browsing http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/ and I'm wondering also how i can justify adding another bike to our collection. Be nice to build one from scratch though, and there is a carbon fibre frame on ebay at the moment...

Jon Vaughan said...

changed my mind. it would have to be a steel frame. definitely...

Tim said...

Very sad, but necessary, reflection on our society that one of the main considerations when choosing a bike is how nickable it looks. With a fixie, yer average scruff will only manage a few yards before falling off but thats hardly the point. The galvanised frame is a unique selling point, I'd like to see one.

Ben and Will said...

Fixed and single speed really appeal. Hence the flip flop hub (freewheel one side, fixed the other). I'll stick a front brake on for a while as well until I master the art of the fixed skid.

The simplicity is the idea great thing, zero maintainence. And yeah, steel all the way..

Ben and Will said...

you might have a frame you can turn in to a fixed jon, horizonal dropouts are all you really need.

Ben and Will said...

Well they dont have to be horizontal, are you after a city hack then jon? http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2007/may/EvanFranz.htm