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    Need bike for 7'2" kid with Marfan Syndrome

    Not EXACTLY a disability or adaptation, but I didn't see where else to post it.

    My wife met, through her work as an interpreter, a 15 y.o. kid with Marfan Syndrome. He's already 7'2", and he's been having attendance problems at school because his bicycle (not nearly big enough for him) has serious mechanical issues.

    We want to give him a bike, so I'm looking for an old 27" Schwinn Traveler or Fuji Monterey or??? Panasonic even had a 70cm frame, which is 27 1/2. And I don't see anything on eBay or local Craigslist (but I'm learning how to search Craigslist nationwide...)

    Best, of course, if we can find a runner in decent condition, but I've built a few bikes, so I can handle one with some "issues" as well.

    Thanks for checking your attics!

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    Sorry...I meant "kid."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brujo Feo View Post
    Sorry...I meant "kid."
    fixed it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brujo Feo View Post
    Not EXACTLY a disability or adaptation, but I didn't see where else to post it.

    My wife met, through her work as an interpreter, a 15 y.o. kid with Marfan Syndrome. He's already 7'2", and he's been having attendance problems at school because his bicycle (not nearly big enough for him) has serious mechanical issues.

    We want to give him a bike, so I'm looking for an old 27" Schwinn Traveler or Fuji Monterey or??? Panasonic even had a 70cm frame, which is 27 1/2. And I don't see anything on eBay or local Craigslist (but I'm learning how to search Craigslist nationwide...)

    Best, of course, if we can find a runner in decent condition, but I've built a few bikes, so I can handle one with some "issues" as well.

    Thanks for checking your attics!
    How safe is cardiovascular exertion for him?

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    I don't know the specifics of his medical condition, but he has been riding a bike for some time now. It's his only transportation to school, and he's been having attendance problems because of lots of mechanical problems.

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    If possible, I would suggest a older Schwinn model, with the biggest frame size that was manufactured. Providing a quality U-Lock with the knowledge on locking the bike properly will go a long way with helping him keep the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyestick View Post
    If possible, I would suggest a older Schwinn model, with the biggest frame size that was manufactured. Providing a quality U-Lock with the knowledge on locking the bike properly will go a long way with helping him keep the bike.
    Now, that would be interesting... to watch a thief try to ride off on a bike that he couldn't reach the pedals when sitting directly on the top-tube. An unrideable bike might be almost like having a built-in lock. But then again, thieves have some of the strangest ideas.

    Here are a couple of bikes/frames that showed up on Craigslist here locally. They've been up for a while, and reposted at last once, I think.

    Extra tall vintage bike frames

    It lists 25" and 26".

    Where are you located? I could probably help with acquisition if nobody finds something better. Do you need the bike to be tuned up?

    This one looks tall... but says 24". Not nearly as nice of a bike though.
    http://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/4775178730.html

    Oh, here is a big Cannondale in Arizona.
    http://www.reachoo.com/ads/251430954

    It looks like it is missing from Craigslist, so it may have been sold, but it is worth contacting them.

    I also have a neighbor that has 3 really tall hybrid bikes, all in excellent shape. He has no balance, he can't safely ride them, if I could only convince him of that.
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    You might want to check with your March of Dimes locally. They might be able to help you get a bike.

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    Thank you all so much--I'm currently waiting for a call back on this one: Vintage Schwinn Traveler TALL 27 inch frame 10 speed NICE ORIGINAL. Of course, it will only work if he doesn't mind boxing it and dropping it off at Fed-Ex. It looks like having a pre-paid box dropped off at the seller's house is the way to go, like from these folks: The Best Lowest Bicycle Shipping in America and Worldwide | ShipBikes

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    I don't always get a lot of response from out of state Craigslist vendors. But if you want the item, call the seller, and send an E-Mail along with an explanation of why you want the bike.

    That Schwinn sounds wonderful Good luck with it.

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    Any Luck?

    Here's a rather tall looking Univega that showed up locally.
    High Boy UNIVEGA

    Unfortunately they don't list the size, but it never hurts to ask.

    I could help with shipping, but it is about 70 miles from my house.

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    Search the Classic & Vintage forum for the "tall frame" threads- there's been a few. That will give you some extra search terms.

    I think you'll find that "vintage" bikes will be shorter in the top tube so the reach from seat to handlebars might be uncomfortable, but a working bike is better than one that breaks down. It can be a crap shoot, though- I picked up a 26" frame Schwinn Superior of of Ebay, but it turned out to be a rust bucket. I'm restoring it to its former glory: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohpv/s...7642470085394/
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    this miyata 210 just went up on the local craigslist here. Seller says it measures 69.5 and is freshly serviced. His price might be a little high, but someone that big absolutely needs a bike big enough to ride. I just recently bought some parts from a guy who works in shipping and receiving, said he could ship complete bikes for around $20. If needed, I can reach out to him

    Perfect 1982 Miyata 210 69cm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brujo Feo View Post
    Not EXACTLY a disability or adaptation, but I didn't see where else to post it. My wife met, through her work as an interpreter, a 15 y.o. kid with Marfan Syndrome. He's already 7'2", and he's been having attendance problems at school because his bicycle (not nearly big enough for him) has serious mechanical issues. We want to give him a bike, so I'm looking for an old 27" Schwinn Traveler or Fuji Monterey or??? Panasonic even had a 70cm frame, which is 27 1/2. And I don't see anything on eBay or local Craigslist (but I'm learning how to search Craigslist nationwide...). Best, of course, if we can find a runner in decent condition, but I've built a few bikes, so I can handle one with some "issues" as well. Thanks for checking your attics!
    OP; Several of the bikes suggested are probably big enough... but at least one was not measured well... the brown rough 24 inch frame is at least a 27 inch by my eye. So goes craigslists... there are issues with sellers having little idea of what they are selling.

    Back to an underlying issue... the young man's condition is not trivial. If at all possible, validation by a qualified doctor should be sought before any serious exercise program. The condition got its infamy due to the number of kids playing basketball (one last time) before their aorta burst. I haven't researched it recently, but I believe there is now a surgery that puts a protective sleeve over the aorta in the vulnerable areas. In the more developed parts of the world (I looked but could not determine your location from the profile), local schools can arrange a van pickup and delivery for such cases (but it requires a bit of pushing on the bureaucrats and a pound of paperwork...). Please post further to let us know how it works out.

    /K

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    Clifford, The univega is likely too small. I ride a 25" frame at 6'3" and that bike looks like a typical 25.5" or close to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksisler View Post
    OP; Several of the bikes suggested are probably big enough...

    /K
    I disagree - even a 28" production frame will be too small for anyone over 6'9". Kid would need a custom for sure to be comfortable (not saying that's an option).

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    ham; My wag on sizing was based on following:


    I am 6'2" tall and ride a 25" racing frame and a 23.5" touring frame.


    Someone 7'2" tall would be 12" taller than me of which about 6" would be legs and 6" torso.


    Thus is is possible that a 28" frame might be minimally adequate (at the low end) depending on the proportion of the individuals body (leg to torso ratio) which can vary quite a bit.


    No question that a fully custom frame is the best answer where that is possible. However it often is not feasible.

    Thus a production frame fitted with an extra long seat post and extra long stem (both dirt cheap on Amazon; PM if need links as proof) puts the youngster back on the saddle (and back in school), even if a bit less than perfectly/optimized.


    /K

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    ham said; I disagree - even a 28" production frame will be too small for
    anyone over 6'9". Kid needs a custom (not saying that's an option).
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    I remember reading a while back, a statistic that of all the men in the US between 20 and 40 that were 7'-0" or over, about 25% were in the NBA. Which goes to show you that that height is EXTREMELY rare, considering the population. The point being, that practically any production bike ever made is too small to properly fit a person of that height. Not to say it can't be ridden, but it may mean there is not a good AND cheap solution.
    Do a google image search for "Shawn Bradley Bicycle" for some tall bikes.
    Zinn Cycles specializes in custom bikes for tall people. He has his own ideas on bike building, which I'm not knowledgeable enough to evaluate. www.zinncycles.com
    With reasonable care, a steel frame will last a long time, and components can be swapped out as required, so it's not necessarily a bad investment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    I remember reading a while back, a statistic that of all the men in the US between 20 and 40 that were 7'-0" or over, about 25% were in the NBA. Which goes to show you that that height is EXTREMELY rare, considering the population. The point being, that practically any production bike ever made is too small to properly fit a person of that height. Not to say it can't be ridden, but it may mean there is not a good AND cheap solution.
    Do a google image search for "Shawn Bradley Bicycle" for some tall bikes.
    Zinn Cycles specializes in custom bikes for tall people. He has his own ideas on bike building, which I'm not knowledgeable enough to evaluate. www.zinncycles.com
    With reasonable care, a steel frame will last a long time, and components can be swapped out as required, so it's not necessarily a bad investment.
    i wonder if you could contact a local b-ball team from where ever you are, and get help with finding a bike. if by chance you're near a pro team, they might help as a "giving back to the community" type deal. like if someone on the team has what you need just sitting in his garage.

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    Where are you located?

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    I don't know if this is still an ongoing thing, but this just popped up. It's gigantic, I don't know where you'd find a replacement fork for it, but maybe someone else does. It's a whole lotta bike, and it's borderline unsellable at that size, maybe you can get it for lessLARGE Bicycle Frame, wheels & some components

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottrich411 View Post
    I don't know if this is still an ongoing thing, but this just popped up. It's gigantic, I don't know where you'd find a replacement fork for it, but maybe someone else does. It's a whole lotta bike, and it's borderline unsellable at that size, maybe you can get it for lessLARGE Bicycle Frame, wheels & some components
    That looks TALL.
    Somehow the measurements are less than I would expect. Perhaps it needs double checked.

    I could see a custom fork in the future. If the crown and steer tube are good, then maybe just replacing the fork blades which would be cheap if one can do the work.

    The guy said he had removed some parts, but the only thing I see missing are the pedals. Is it an old photo?

    My guess the bike will go for around $100 and get parted out, but it would be a waste to see such a nice tall bike end up in the scrap heap.

    Anyway, the OP seems to be MIA (since the day after the first post). Perhaps he found a bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottrich411 View Post
    I don't know if this is still an ongoing thing, but this just popped up. It's gigantic, I don't know where you'd find a replacement fork for it, but maybe someone else does. It's a whole lotta bike, and it's borderline unsellable at that size, maybe you can get it for lessLARGE Bicycle Frame, wheels & some components
    That bike is huge, but repairing the frame and building a new fork is going to cost a bunch. Too bad.
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    Interesting to see Walmart selling the monster cruisers. I wonder if they have some locally, I might have to check them out. And the price isn't too bad.

    There is also the Coker Monster Cruiser with 36" wheels.

    It would be an interesting project to build a custom frame around the 32" or 36" wheels. At $175 to $200, one might even be able to justify purchasing one of the Walmart bikes to part out.

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