Here is a review of the Schwinn Madison, for anyone interested ...

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Comment by vx255 on April 18, 2008 at 10:42pm
For sure Matt, plus more fun I reckon, I use my SS probably more than my roadie (I don't commute though).
Comment by ChrisS on April 18, 2008 at 10:35pm
You're spot on about the geometry, it's pretty relaxed. Think about it this way, would you spent as much or more, with attempting a fixed conversion? At least the price gets you a entry level bike without the stuffing about.
Comment by Matt Holden on April 18, 2008 at 10:31pm
And not heavy compared to lugging a Giant hybrid over that commute -- is what I'm thinking.
Comment by vx255 on April 18, 2008 at 10:23pm
9.9kg is pretty heavy for a fixed/SS bike IMO, certainly a nice looking bike, the geometry doesn't appear (to this novice) as aggressive as some track specific bikes. I guess if you have a flattish commute the weight would not be an issue.
Comment by Matt Holden on April 18, 2008 at 10:20pm
What about the weight of the Schwinn ... heavy, according to the review -- but compared to what?
Comment by Matt Holden on April 18, 2008 at 9:51pm
Certainly is ...
Comment by Mark Donnellan on April 18, 2008 at 8:35pm
for a real schwinn: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2004/d/lydia10.htm
not a track bike, but beautiful nonetheless.
Comment by ChrisS on April 18, 2008 at 12:30pm
Unless the conversion of such a steaming pile into a mildly acceptable mode of transportation garners street cred from your group of riding buddies, there are better options out there.

Sounds like honest attempt at entry-level fixed fun, with the option of speccing up the components if required.

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