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2010 Fuji Track Classic review

In an attempt to become more active, I started looking for a bicycle to my commute to work. I already owned a department store 21 speed CCM Riptide, but it weighed alot and was too small for me.

A friend owned a 2009 Jamis Beatnik which looked really sweet and got me interested in getting a fixed gear bike. Despite checking out 4 authorized Jamis dealers in downtown Toronto, I couldn’t find a single Beatnik. They either didn’t have much Jamis stock to begin with so it had to be ordered, or the dealer had suspended their partnership for the year as one rep told me “Jamis has out priced themselves out of the market” which I assume meant they weren’t able to sell them because of their high price.

With the Beatnik out of the equation, I checked out some alternatives, but wasn’t impressed with the 2010 Specialized Langster (ugly colours, and heavy) or the 2010 Trek Soho S (this time just ugly, chain guard, really?)

At the end of the day I walked into Bikes on Wheels in Kensington and saw several 2010 Fuji Track Classics and one or two 2010 Surly Steamrollers. The Fuji was $499 while the the Surly was a hefty $699. I took the Fuji for a test drive and was sold.

It met my main requirements as it was light (sub 20lbs), looked good (gloss black with aluminum accents), and was relatively cheap. The biggest reason I chose to get a fixed gear bike was the cost. To get a good sub 20lbs geared bike for $499 simply isn’t possible and you’ll likely have to shell out close to $1000.

Since buying it, I’ve replaced the stock toe clip pedals with platforms and added a right hand front brake. After a week of riding without brakes, I became deathly afraid of going fast or going down the smallest of slopes as it’s simply not possible to stop a fixed gear bike without planned or skid stopping. Not sure how the couriers are doing it, but its just not for me. I’m still riding fixed for the work out benefit, but rely on my front brake for stopping.

Pros
Lightweight, close to 20lbs, if not less
Track bars provide several hand positions
High position crank, so no pedal strikes
Pre-drilled holes for bottle cage, and both brakes (oh the horror)

Cons
Scratches easily, cheap paint job?

Lessons learned
Riding fixed with no brakes blows
Riding on busy roads is dangerous, be very careful, and wear a helmet
Don’t signal and brake at the same time
Slow down around street car tracks, trust me

Comments

Nice ride, so when are we going to take it out for a spin?
Mine is currently mounted to a wall while I decide on a trainer that is in my price range.. but man I am dying for the springtime.

Oh and about the paint job, I have some spray clear sealant that may help protect it from scratches.. that or may I suggest a top tube pad.. (oh the hipster horror)..

dD - Sunday December 26, 2010

Tariq, how do I get ahold of you? Here’s my bio so you know I’m for real :-)
http://andrewchenblog.com/about/

My emails on that page…

Andrew Chen - Tuesday April 5, 2011

I was hoping to get some insight into the Fuji Track, but when you claimed your steel frame was heavier than my aluminum frame I decided it is time to look elsewhere. Best of luck.

Special-IZE - Monday August 5, 2013

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My name is Tariq. I am a twenty something website developer based in Toronto, Canada, working at kanetix doing what I love to do. Yeppers, I like turtles and get on (the TTC) daily.

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