Hi ya'll. I told myself I was done with bike purchasing but found a Fixie/SS on craigslist that caught my attention. At first, I thought I had no chance and knew that the seller would not take my offer but the seller indeed took my offer so now i'm a new owner of a 2011 Specialized Langster in Steel. What worried me at first was that this was an XL 58cm frame, per the seller (and on the original receipt), so I had my doubts that I would fit this bike. I gave the bike a spin and it was just so comfortable and felt like it was a perfect match. I tried the whole Fixie thing before with a Nashbar Hounder (in 63cm) and had to sell it immediately due to some financial situation at the time. Although this is only 58cm, it appears to be a very tall bike for a 58cm and was perfect for me.
I live at the top of a culdesac so I quickly learned my lesson riding fixed gear down the hill. When I had my Nashbar Hounder, I kept it at single speed and never got the opportunity to try a Fixed Gear. This bike didn't come with brakes and was in Fixed Gear mode. I know this isn't the Fixed Gear forum but i'm a Clyde at 6'4" and 250 pounds. Again i'm surprised this bike fit me very well and is the same height as my 62cm Gunnar Roadie. I have comparison pictures below as well.
Pictures of the Specialized Langster after cleaning it up, installing foam grips (came with bare drop bars), and after clyding it out with 700x28c replacing the 700x23c's that came with it:
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Heres a comparison of the 58cm Specialized Langster vs. my 62cm Gunnar Roadie: