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Old 07-12-09, 06:35 PM   #1
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New Frame Help

I don't really know where to start...but here it goes.

I currently have a 70's Royce Union frame that I use for my fixed gear bike. And, it's heavy as hell.

I'm looking for a light, steel French or Italian frame that would be easy to transfer all of my parts to from my Royce Union.

Any help?
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Old 07-12-09, 08:09 PM   #2
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Would your parts even fit a French or Italian bike? Many of the older French bikes have odd sizes and threading, bottom bracket and headset are two examples. Italian bikes are less unique, but also have special "Italian" threading on the bottom bracket.

Most of your other parts will fit either bike.
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Old 07-12-09, 08:15 PM   #3
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Check Craigslist, yard sales and Thrift stores. Personally I'd look for 80's asian frames since they are better standardized.

I have 3 different frames that I am mulling over that I have picked up recently. One is a reasonably light Schwinn World Sport 4130 CroMo frame that was manufactured by Giant. Nice investment case horizontal lugs. Minimal braze on's. I'm about to make it a hipster rat rod wannabe 21 speed with a skinny 700x23 and mountain bike drivetrain with thumb shifts on straight bars painted flat black with black anodized 700c and red pinstripes. Just the parts I happen to have laying around.

One is a 80's Puch. Ok lugged steel frame by Araya that is not too heavy nice patina trashed drive-train.

Also picked up a 70's Raleigh Grand prix with nice remarkably clean frame that has beautiful lug work but hosed up derailleurs. It is no crit bike but it is not a brick either once the steel wheels are off it. Thrift store and yard sale finds. It may get the Puch's alloy wheels and a set of light action derailleurs.

You in GA? I'd consider selling the Puch frame for sure. I may let the Schwinn go as a bare frame in a few weeks after I see how it rides with the mtb parts. Both are 25 inch frames.

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Old 07-12-09, 09:30 PM   #4
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nope, i'm not in GA. I'll look out for those frames though.

thanks!
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