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    really, Really, REALLY BIG FRAME

    Yesterday a co-worker of mine gave me a blue '81 Schwinn Traveler 10-speed with a seat tube length of 68cm (!) center-to-top. He actually bought it for me at a garage sale for $5. The frame is in very good condition and ridable but the steel rims are hopelessly rusted (which I was going to toss out anyway and replace with aluminum).

    I'm not a clydesdale but I am a former LBS wrench who likes to fix up old bikes. Are there any real tall people here who would be interested in a bike like this and would it be actually too big to unload? I was thinking of doing a complete strip down and overhauling it and/or maybe modernizing, "Rivendell-izing", or fix/SS it for today's style of riding. It's obviously too big for me to ride but I thought it would be an interesting project and I would be giving it a well-deserved second life.

    *disclaimer* this bike is actually NOT for sale at the present time. I'm just trying to get some ideas on what to do with it. I might post some pics on the C&V forum.
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    I ride a bike that tall. Riders who need that much frame under them are relatively rare, but they are certainly out there. And speaking for my people, we have a LOT of trouble finding such bikes.

    If this was a very special bike, it would lower what you could expect to get for it, say on Ebay. But since it is not, it will actually hold some value to someone. I bet if you advertise it on CL, you will get a healthy number of calls. If you were closer, I might be interested even though I have no particular need for it right now. But all those months and years of searching have sort of conditioned me to consider buying anything just to stockpile it.

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    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
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    There are a couple of really tall Clydes here on the forum, just a hint!
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    That size frame was probably sold originally as a 27" frame. When I bought my 1980 Raleigh the available frame sizes were (as I recall) 21", 23", and 25" (corresponding roughly to 53, 58, and 63 cm, respectively), and you could also special-order a 27" frame. At 6' 5", the 27" frame was actually a pretty good fit for me, but I ended up getting the 25" frame and putting a little longer seat tube on, both to save a little weight, and also to not have such an unusual-looking bike. But anyone who is more like 6'6" or taller could probably use your frame.

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    I ride a 25" Trek with 8" of seatpost sticking out...you do the math.
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    Quote Originally Posted by (51)
    I ride a 25" Trek with 8" of seatpost sticking out...you do the math.
    Sounds like you need a 65CM or even a bit bigger. Exactly how tall are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by (51)
    I ride a 25" Trek with 8" of seatpost sticking out...you do the math.
    33"

    Do I win?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turboem1
    33"

    Do I win?
    43. oh wait that's a different question
    This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in a wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.

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    Hey,

    I'd be very interested in your frame. I'm 6'-9"/230lb/38" inseam, and need a tall frame for a single-speed project. I have three bikes, a 25.5" mtb, a 27" hybrid, and a 29" roadie. I did three centuries last season, and am locally known as "the tall guy on the bike". Your frame would have a good home!

    2tall

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    I'd think it would be pretty easy to sell, though it probably wouldn't go the first day. I'm 6'4" and ride a 64cm frame (actually I could probably use a 65, but try to find one), and when I looked for used bikes in my size a few years ago for a project, they were really hard to find. My brother's 6'7", and he wobbled around for years with a foot of seatpost sticking out before he got rich enough to have a custom frame built.
    Anybody 6'6" or taller could probably ride your bike, and those guys aren't that rare anymore. I talked to a high school class the other day, and I was surprised how many kids taller than I am were walking around the halls. Forty years ago, I was the tallest kid in my high school class by a couple of inches.

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