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squatchy 10-02-13 06:26 PM

Vintage steel frames for a clyde type questions.
 
SO I want to start building up some steel bikes and have a few questions in regards to my weight.

I am 6'2" and go #240 to #260 sometimes in the spring. Are there certain frame tubes I need to stay away from because of my weight. Are there some that are more ideal? I have a 60cm Tommasini Sintesi in SLX but I'm just a bit afraid I might break it so I only ride it when I'm on the low end of the scale and then only on easy cruise type rides.

Please tell me if I'm too large for this bike weight wise or not. And then if there are other tubes I should stay way from for the same reason I would like to know that also.

Is there any charts to refer to?

Thanks

bbattle 10-02-13 06:50 PM

You are not too large for this bike. Bill Walton was an avid cyclist back in the 70's and he was bigger than you. Go with 32 spoke wheels in 3-cross pattern and get the widest tires that'll fit.

squatchy 10-04-13 10:45 AM

ttt

oddjob2 10-04-13 12:22 PM

I'm in that range and ride pretty much whatever I want, Tange 2, 531, SL, Tenax, 501, chromoly, Vitus, aluminum 6000. I don't own any 531c or Tange 1 frames . I don't like tires smaller than 25c or 1 1/8" and I watch where I ride to avoid rough pavement or stand on the pedals with knees unlocked.

Velognome 10-04-13 12:28 PM

I'm your same weight and size, I ride :

a newish... :eek:...Clubman with 700x25 tires and 28H hubs, no problems. I do pay particular attention to spoke tension and tire pressure

A vintage Road/Path fixed gear with "pencil thin" stays and 531 tubes and 36H hubs, again no issues but I'm good about maintinace.

With a steel frame, you shouldn't have any issues nor issues with with a properly built wheel sets. These are not occasional rides, I do about 5,000 miles a year spread out over 3 or 4 different bikes

noglider 10-04-13 01:36 PM

You don't have to worry about this. If someone told you that you do, he is wrong.

Blue Belly 10-04-13 03:02 PM

I'd be worried about wheels more than the frame. SLX is pretty stiff, so long as the tubes are in good shape. I'd probably look the frame & fork over really good. The frame is probably pushing 30yrs old? Worth a good inspection, regardless of your weight.

Yo Spiff 10-04-13 03:18 PM

As previously said, you're fine on all of those.

lostarchitect 10-04-13 03:59 PM

I agree with those above. I might use 36 spoke wheels where possible and go for wider tires... But actually, I do that already so maybe that's biased advice. I'm not quite as big as you but I do weigh almost 200 lbs.

Velognome 10-04-13 04:29 PM

I weighed almost 200lbs .....once....:(

lostarchitect 10-04-13 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Velognome (Post 16133142)
I weighed almost 200lbs .....once....:(


Hey, you've got several inches of height on me, it's OK. But yeah, I weighed 150... once, too. I really ought to be about 170 or even 160, but I hover around 195. I just like beer and pasta too much, basically.

stevel610 10-04-13 05:16 PM

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Here's Mine. Really doesn't help with your question, but I just felt like posting it. I'm at the low end of your range btw.
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=344232

pamaguahiker 10-04-13 05:29 PM

Back in my college years, There was a guy named Randy Meister who was an avid cyclist from the State College, Pa area. He was excellent to ride with and especially draft! He was about 6'9" at 245. Played Pro basketball at one point i believe, or at least someone told me and i have no reason to doubt it. He was a good guy to go riding with. He had a Grove Innovations frameset, made in Mill Hall, Pa. I don't think they make them anymore but he had it custom done more for his height than weight. I remember the focus being, not so much on frameset type but more on wheel size. He used a set of touring wheels with 36 spokes, if i remember correctly.

zandoval 10-04-13 09:07 PM

You can find a real good ChroMo Trek, Fugi, Univega type frame that will take anything you can put to it without worry - And wheels with 36 spokes are not expensive...

I have seen people struggle to take grams of weight of their bike - But guys like you and I can shave pounds of our ride by just taking a pre ride dump - Amen...

Thing is don't let your quest for a light weight bike stop you from getting out there and enjoying yourself...

Velognome 10-05-13 04:48 AM

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But guys like you and I can shave pounds off our ride by just taking a pre ride dump - Amen...
Pounds, as in plural? I'm impressed!

Gravity Aided 10-05-13 07:09 AM

All in the wheels and tires. I'm 6'4"+ and 280+. Never had much of a problem. And I flip bikes, so I've had the opportunity to test ride a wide range of bicycles, including many early Treks and Centurions. Never had a bike as nice as yours, but quite sure you are just fine. Beefier wheelsets and tires make a lot of difference.

dancinmikeb 10-05-13 09:59 PM

dietary
 
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect (Post 16133183)
... I just like beer and pasta too much, basically.

WORD

I switched most pasta for brown rice and chickpeas. Dropped 4 pounds in 2 weeks just like that...mostly in the fom of gas, it would seem.

Gravity Aided 10-06-13 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bbattle (Post 16126605)
You are not too large for this bike. Bill Walton was an avid cyclist back in the 70's and he was bigger than you. Go with 32 spoke wheels in 3-cross pattern and get the widest tires that'll fit.

I think Bill Walton is still an avid cyclist- He had some great bikes, too. Really, really tall bikes.http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2...-denver/25373/

dancinmikeb 10-07-13 11:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Gravity Aided (Post 16137974)
I think Bill Walton is still an avid cyclist-

He had his ankles fused late- or post- career. Wonder how that affects the riding? Actually what does that even mean?

Gravity Aided 10-07-13 07:34 PM

http://arthritis.about.com/od/jtsurg/a/ankle_fusion.htm-More or less, cartilage is removed from the bottom of the 2 lower leg bones , Tibia, or shin, annd the fibula, small bone in the back of the leg, and the top bone of the ankle, or talus. This promotes fusion of these bones and more stability.


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