Chill bikes less than half price at Argos £129.99 (single speed bike). RRP £299
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Chill bikes less than half price at Argos £129.99 (single speed bike). RRP £299

£129.99Argos Deals
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Found 12th Jan 2016
Chill bikes are £129.99 at Argos. Various colours and sizes. Will need to order takes around 5 days to deliver to store.

Seems like a good price if you want a single speed bike. Normally retail at £299.

Just search Chill Bikes on the Argos website will list all the bike size and colours.

Product description / spec

Chill Bike is a leader in its market, inspiring followers everywhere. Not just about looking good, Chill Bike is reliable, comfortable and brilliant value for money. The frames are crafted in lightweight Hi-Ten steel to ensure a sturdier, longer-lasting bike. Chill Bike is a fixie bike – the most popular style of bike to ride around town. So why a fixie? Well, fixies are loved for their fast speeds, hard-wearing build and simplicity. Not to mention they are super fun to get moving on.

Hassle-free, single-speed one gear. Easy to maintain and user-friendly.

Hi-ten steel frame.
Front calliper and rear calliper brakes.
Steel forks.
Kenda tyres.
Alloy rims.
A good looking bike with unique colours and a lightweight design.
Minimal assembly.
Tyres and tubes are excluded from the guarantee.

Chill bike website

chillbikes.com/shop/
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Very nice.
fricking hipsters.
I'm after a cheap runabout and this looks like it'll be minimum maintenance. Had a quick search and couldn't find much apart from a YouTube video which screams hipster fashion bike.

I'll have another look later, but has anyone tried one of these? I'm wondering whether they're built to last and will I be able to buy new tires, etc off the shelf, or will I have to pay an arm and a leg for special hipster tires.
Ah, not just me then.
Bird68

I'm after a cheap runabout and this looks like it'll be minimum … I'm after a cheap runabout and this looks like it'll be minimum maintenance. Had a quick search and couldn't find much apart from a YouTube video which screams hipster fashion bike.I'll have another look later, but has anyone tried one of these? I'm wondering whether they're built to last and will I be able to buy new tires, etc off the shelf, or will I have to pay an arm and a leg for special hipster tires.



Tyres will be a standard size and available for reasonable prices. If you are not familiar to the term fixed gear (fixie) then you should look into it. There is no free wheel, so that means the only time you can stop pedalling is when you are at a stand still or when you want to stop the rear wheel from turning (i.e. brake/ skid). I'm surprised there is no mention of a flip flop hub. From the pictures it appears to have one which gives the option to turn the rear wheel around 180 degrees to allow standard free wheel use, which would suit a broader audience.
Edited by: "alphamusic" 12th Jan 2016
Oh, I didn't realise you couldn't stop pedalling, and since I would be going up and down some monster hills, this probably isn't for me.

It's a good job I asked, as that would have been quite a shock! Cheers.
I wondered why the guy in the video was pulling skids all over the shop.
Bird68

Oh, I didn't realise you couldn't stop pedalling, and since I would be … Oh, I didn't realise you couldn't stop pedalling, and since I would be going up and down some monster hills, this probably isn't for me.It's a good job I asked, as that would have been quite a shock! Cheers.



The pictures show that you should be able to change to the free wheel (coasting) mode, so most likely it wouldn't be a problem, it's just funny that the description is missing this info
Stupid question alert - You can still pedal if you flip the wheel? I only ask because I'm wondering why you would prefer fixed to a normal setup.
alphamusic

I'm surprised there is no mention of a flip flop hub. From the pictures … I'm surprised there is no mention of a flip flop hub. From the pictures it appears to have one which gives the option to turn the rear wheel around 180 degrees to allow standard free wheel use, which would suit a broader audience.


On the chill bikes website it gives this spec:
Dual Hub Front 3/8″, 14G, 32H, 100W, 140L Rear 3/8″, 14G, 32H, 120W, 160L FLIP FLOP HUB

So I think you are right that it has one and would allow free wheel use.
Aye, just had a read, please ignore my stupid question, but I'm still puzzled as to why you'd prefer fixed over single speed(am I doing it right?)
Bird68

Aye, just had a read, please ignore my stupid question, but I'm still … Aye, just had a read, please ignore my stupid question, but I'm still puzzled as to why you'd prefer fixed over single speed(am I doing it right?)


I've never tried fixed but I believe the reason people prefer fixed is that the feel is different. I've read the feel is better as you get traction feedback from the rear wheel. Others say they like it because you can't stop pedaling so it is better exercise.

Buy it, try it, let us know.
I'm tempted. Would like to find more about the build quality.

I suppose fixed makes more sense if you're just pottering around town, rather than going further afield.
I've tried to find reviews but they're doesn't seem to be much which is a bit of a concern
Bird68

Aye, just had a read, please ignore my stupid question, but I'm still … Aye, just had a read, please ignore my stupid question, but I'm still puzzled as to why you'd prefer fixed over single speed(am I doing it right?)


Fixed gear is more fun. It feels more directly attached to the bike. It means you can slow down by resisting the pedals, instead of using the brakes. This can be handy in traffic, to slow down a little, instead of reaching for the brake levers.
It does take some getting used to. You can do longer rides, including steep hills, just make sure you pick a suitable gear (not too high).
Fixies were quite the norm when I was a kid in the early 80s.

Good fun but you were always tempted to do skids... Smashes your shins to pieces if you ever lose your footing too.
vclaw

You can do longer rides, including steep hills, just make sure you pick a … You can do longer rides, including steep hills, just make sure you pick a suitable gear (not too high).


No mention of gears on the Argos site, nor appearance of any in the pics. Are you not condemned to a single gear and perhaps a fixed wheel?
Oh, perhaps I've misunderstood. Did you mean that the fixed gear bike you choose should not be in too high a gear if you will have to confront hill climbing? Thanks.



Edited by: "ozodimal" 13th Jan 2016
ozodimal

No mention of gears on the Argos site, nor appearance of any in the pics. … No mention of gears on the Argos site, nor appearance of any in the pics. Are you not condemned to a single gear and perhaps a fixed wheel?Oh, perhaps I've misunderstood. Did you mean that the fixed gear bike you choose should not be in too high a gear if you will have to confront hill climbing? Thanks.


Yes, it only has one gear. But you can unscrew the cog from the wheel, and replace it with a different sized one. Or you can have different sized cogs on each side, so you can flip the wheel around for another gear.
What matters is the ratio of the front chainring and the rear cog. Looks like that Chill Bikes is 44x17, which should be fine for most riding.
Thank you vclaw. All clear now.
jonesinamillion

Fixies were quite the norm when I was a kid in the early 80s.Good fun but … Fixies were quite the norm when I was a kid in the early 80s.Good fun but you were always tempted to do skids... Smashes your shins to pieces if you ever lose your footing too.



I think you might be thinking of coaster brakes (backpedal brakes). Fixed gear bikes main use has been as track bikes. Coaster brakes were very common on children's bikes and still are in many countries that prefer hub gear systems.
Bought 2 in the end. Decent quality, easy to assemble (for the most part). I can confirm that the flip-flop hub comes assembled in freewheel (normal) mode out-of-the-box, so no need to switch it over when you first put the bike together. Brakes are decent quality and easy to adjust - always had a bit of hassle getting these right on cheap bikes but these are excellent.

Frames are on the large size though - both myself and the wide could have done with the next size down, probably should have looked into that a little more first.

You'll also need a pump with a Presta valve to pump the tyres up - I don't have one so will need to buy before I can try out!

All I need now are some skinny jeans, a checked shirt, and a huge beard and I'm good to go.
Price went back up before I'd made up my mind.
I had one in the basket and was about to go for it when I noticed that it had white tires. All the other ones were a bit garish for my taste.

Next time.
coco2007

Bought 2 in the end. Decent quality, easy to assemble (for the most … Bought 2 in the end. Decent quality, easy to assemble (for the most part). I can confirm that the flip-flop hub comes assembled in freewheel (normal) mode out-of-the-box, so no need to switch it over when you first put the bike together. Brakes are decent quality and easy to adjust - always had a bit of hassle getting these right on cheap bikes but these are excellent.Frames are on the large size though - both myself and the wide could have done with the next size down, probably should have looked into that a little more first.You'll also need a pump with a Presta valve to pump the tyres up - I don't have one so will need to buy before I can try out!All I need now are some skinny jeans, a checked shirt, and a huge beard and I'm good to go.



If you dont want to buy a new pump, just get a presta to schrader adapter for a quid or two.
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