We got a call the other day from a new potential shop in Puerto Rico that was looking to stock our gear. Part of his pitch to us was that he was the only shop in Puerto Rico that was set up to sell Sole Bicycles. I had no idea who they were so I did a little Google search and came across their website.
After checking out their site I came to a frightening conclusion. I think there's a huge "fixie" conspiracy going on right now and I'm the only one that knows about it. My theory is this: Somewhere out there is a savvy dude that is posing as 5 different small start up fixed gear bike companies selling fixed gear/single speed bikes for $400 or less. I can rattle off at least 5 companies that we've come across that were started in the last 2 years by college kids that saw fixed gear bikes on campus that thought they were too expensive and decided to make their own... The story is exactly the same and their bikes all look the same and even have similar names. I bet that dude is laughing all the way to the bank.
Anyway, if you're in the market for an affordable "fixie" check out http://www.solebicycles.com/. Below is a picture and specs of one of their builds - The Micklish?
Frame: Hi Tensile Steel, Fully Tig Welded, Fork End Dropouts
Fork: Hi Tensile Steel, Lugged Crown Fork, Threadless
Handle Bars: BMX
Bottom Bracket: Sealed Cartridge
Crankset: Lasco 170 MM, Alloy 48T, with 5 Bolt chainring
Brake: Radius Dual Caliper
Hub: Flip Flop – Fixed/Single Speed 16T
Chain: KMC Z410 98 Links
Rim: Machine/Double Walled ‘Deep Dish’ 50MM
Tires: Innova 700 X 23C
Saddle: Black Vader soft top
Seatpost: 25.4 X 300MM
Total Weight: 26 Pounds
Toe Clips included with Bicycle