$399 Custom Fixie

By AMY JURRIES

Via its http://bikes.urbanoutfitters.com site, and in cooperation with Republic Bike Inc., retailer Urban Outfitters has a store online where you can create your own custom made, affordable fixed-gear bike. That’s a “fixie” in urban-hipster shorthand. You choose from popular bike builds or completely customize every color and component on your bike. Total cost? $399 for the bike plus a $34 flat rate FedEx charge to ship anywhere in the United States.

Here’s how it works: Starting with a basic fixie model, an easy-to-use visual display lets you pick colors, choose components and decide on your ultimate design. Once ordered online, Republic Bike Inc. will build it, box it and ship it out to you.

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Urban Outfitters’ Aristotle

The basic fixie model is called the Aristotle. It’s a multi-purpose, practical ride, including a steel frame that comes in 59cm, 54cm or 52cm sizes. The assembled bike weight is around 24 pounds, depending on size. Components include a Sugino crankset, Wellgo pedals, a painted chain, and 110mm grips.

Not into fixed gears? The Aristotle can be configured as a fixed bike or a single-speed with a freewheel hub. Simply flip around your rear wheel to switch from a fixed to a free.

The bikes are assembled in Florida and then packed in a heavyweight shipping carton. Your new bike will arrive approximately 90 percent assembled, the company says. You will need to attach the pedals, front wheel, handlebars, and then make some small adjustments requiring basic tools before taking it for a test ride.

—Amy Jurries is founder and editor of TheGearCaster.com, a blog dedicated to profiling emerging companies and technologies in the outdoor sports industry.

Posted by t.c. worley - 04/20/2010 09:06 AM

Though I am not into the cheapening of things, this looks like a bike that might just get more riders on the road. I can get into that. Seems like decent quality for the price.

Posted by T.G. Archebeaux - 04/20/2010 01:54 PM

A bike for dwarfs and giants.
What happened to the 56cm or 57cm size, which is what most adult males would ride ?

Posted by Will Woolley - 09/19/2011 11:04 AM

Hey.. totally agree with T.G.. Fixies are getting pretty big in London at the moment. Check out www.ahipster.com for a load of London based info

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