Emails brighten my days... some-days. I will be honest, like everyone in the world I receive too many junk emails from spam bots, people looking to make a quick buck and people asking me to teach them everything there is to know about a fixed gear bike - to the latter I say take some personal initiative and use the magic of google there are lots of resources out there.
However, every so often I get a genuine request that I can quickly help out, today is one such day (I am a sucker for lines like "your excellent wisdom").
Subject: [Feedback] Redline dealers?
I'm not looking to increase my cool; I just want to get more out of my wimpy 5 km commute so I don't continue getting fat. Also I have grown to hate my derailleurs with a mighty hate. Or love/hate anyway; I guess someday people will worship me when I can tune the damn things in less than half an hour.
Anyway, point is, I've done some research on what might be a decent commuter-ish FG bike, that's reasonably cheap, without going the Craigslist route (I'm kind of lazy like that). The Redline 925 seems very nice, with
space for fenders and a little bit bigger rubber, but I can't seem to find any dealers in Vancouver. Where did you get that Monocog at?
Also, if that is a stupid bike, or if there is something else I should be looking at (I prefer steel), please let me know. I await your excellent wisdom.
I agree the 9.2.5 is a nice bike indeed. Last year I have had the pleasure of test riding the first edition Redline 9.2.5 in issue #30 of Momentum magazine, which I notice I forgot to upload the article to the site (ACK! - I do this as a hobby in my spare time). To rectify this I have included the Redline article from the freely available issue PDF version of the article as an attachment (see below). - To read the whole issue go to http://www.momentumpanet.com/issue/30 and look for the PDF download, or read most of the article online.
Anyway, I quite like the bike as a city commuter. While it won't have you riding on the rivet, it does have some refined style, came with fenders (finally) and match my corduroy academic jacket as I rode to meetings (the old mustache handle bar version). It wasn't as sporty as the Surly, but I was quite sad to give it back. My only complaint was the pedal, front toe overlap. It nearly sent me crashing on more than one occasion as I did a track stand at the lights.
So onto the dealers in Vancouver. Last time I checked Mighty Riders carries Redline. You can check them out at
#10 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC
phone: 604 879 8705
NOTE: Mighty riders is not always a good fit for everyone. Personally, its my shop of choice.