That is inconvenient because when building my fixie last night -- which I am building because I had a frameset to use -- this happened to my trusty aluminum P2SL frameset:
|Got a little aggressive with the headset press on the P2SL.
I've had this bike since 2009. It replaced a Cervelo Dual that had a cracked weld; the Dual dated to 2007. Cervelo has a good return policy, but the company no longer makes anything aluminum and there is no way it will replace straight-up a carbon P2 for this old P2SL -- in particular when the damage is so clearly my fault. And I already have a carbon P2, so even if Cervelo will give a discount, I'm not willing to pay the difference.
I suppose I could simply stop and go without for a while, but recall that I had a beautiful set of wheels built just for the purpose of this fixie.
In sum, I could just cry. What to do?
Here's one option: I have exchanged e-mails with a titanium builder I found on Alibaba. You gotta admit, this would make a pretty sweet build:
|Titanium fixed frameset from Alibaba.
One thought: open a titanium fixed gear bike business. Sam and I both have lamented that we had built entire bikes because we had one spare part lying around. How about building a new business because I had a set of wheels I needed to use?
Option 2: A Habanero fixie. Sam has made Habanero his go-to supplier.
Option 3: A Richey Breakaway steel fixie.
|Traveling fixie. Credit: bicycledoctorusa.com.
This runs about the same price as the Habanero titanium. It's a pretty steel frameset. It would be easy to store when not in use! Biggest problem? I'm actively planning to buy a titanium Breakaway cross bike for travel riding. By "actively," I mean "like next week, unless I get religion before then."
Option 4: one of the other steel frame-maker fixed gear builds, like Soma or Gunnar. Soma is tempting at $350 for the frame, but the 1" head-tube would not fit either of my spare forks. At $950 for a steel frame with a notoriously delicate paint job, the Gunnar is a tad dear for this purpose.
Option 5: Surly Steamroller. This frameset does everything right. Sturdy, inexpensive steel frameset. Clearance for balloon tires. Color options include -- I kid you not -- "meth teeth."
|Steamroller in "meth teeth." Credit: velospace.org.
There is also white and black, either of which would be better with the colors in which I had the wheels built. At $420 for the frameset the Steamroller is a tempting choice. I'm not at all pleased with the seat-tube only cage bosses, however. Who carries one bottle -- and on the seat-tube, at that?
More on this never-ending project bike to follow.