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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 07-13-13, 02:02 PM   #1
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Road bike for 6'8" (Over 2 m)

height: 6'8" (I hit my head on doorways)
weight: 175 lbs
Sternum To Floor: 1666 mm
Arm: 635 mm
Inseam Length: 990 mm
Thigh Length: 700 mm
Lower Leg Length: 635 mm
Shoe: 12

I live in a world 2 sizes too small.

My wife and I usually run for fitness, but due to a fallen arch on her foot I suggested we begin biking to keep fit while she recovers. We enjoy the time together and the wind in our faces. Neither of us had really been on a bike since we were teens and I've grown a good 6 inches since then. For the last month I've been riding a bike WAY too small for me and it's starting to bother me physically and mentally. (Seriously, it's like a clown bike)

I looked on the web for bikes and quickly found a plethora of used and new bikes for a reasonable price for my wife. Looking for the same for me proved impossible.

The complication in my case is two fold:

1 - How do I do it for less than a rent check? We have 2 kids and things are tight economically. If I have no other options, I'll either buy what's close and suffer, or just not buy a bike. Giving up and just hitting the pool (where tall = fast) has crossed my mind more than once. Any advice or options?

2 - I'm hoping to find something used but it would more than likely need to be in the 64 cm range. I just don't have the product knowledge to make an educated decision. (Computers, guitars, cameras sure) To be clear, I'm not adverse to putting it together piece-mail. I'm a manufacturing engineer, so bikes aren't at all scary, I just don't know what the components will cost nor which to get.
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Old 07-13-13, 04:33 PM   #2
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I'm 6'7" with a 99 cm stand over. I have long femurs and arms.

Do you want a road or mountain bike. If you will settle for a mountain bike then a 29'er is the solution to your problem. I have a Kona Big Unit in XL size and
I find it a bit big for me.

I don't know of any bike shops that stock frames in 64 cm. Cannondale may still sell the CAAD 5 in 66 cm, frame and fork for around 500$ but it is alum and very stiff
and punishes after couple of hours.

I suggest you visit a large bike shop and check out the 29ers.
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Old 07-13-13, 05:26 PM   #3
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A lot of Japanese manufacturers made very tall bikes back in the 80s, check ebay.
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Old 07-13-13, 09:36 PM   #4
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Surly long haul trucker comes in 64cm. Not many others though without going custom...which gets near $3k fast. Keep an eye on eBay and craigslist and things come up from time to time. Seems in the 70's and 80's they made larger frames.

I almost forgot, there's the KHS Flite 747 too, either option is about $1700.

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Old 07-18-13, 12:24 PM   #5
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I live in a world 2 sizes too small.

I am glad that I am not the only one. I ride a Trek 1.5 64' and it works for me after I had it fitted at my local bike shop. Its a road bike with an "endurance" fit instead of a "racing" fit. The advantage of getting a bike that can be fitted is that you can alter or adjust many of parts to help make sure the bike, as a whole, is the proper size for you.

I tried a 63 sized Cannondale Caad 10 and it wasn't long enough from the handlebars to seatpost. I recommend that you try a few different frames if its possible and make sure you at least get a carbon fork.
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If you search eBay bicycles for 64 and 66 cm there are a few choices, some even reasonably priced. Maybe something will turn up on your local Craigslists.

You could also shop www.bikesdirect.com or their "scratch and dent" website, BikeIsland. A search of Bike Island for 64cm size showed these three: http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi

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http://zinncycles.com/Zinn/index.php/archives/1465.. a specialist in creating bikes for tall people ..

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The list of stock potentials isn't long:

KHS Flight 747 - One size only (but aimed directly at guys in the 6'5"-6'9" range)
Cannondale Caad in 66cm if you can find one
Trek Madone in 64cm
Specialized Roubaix in 64cm
Surly Long Haul Trucker in 64cm

If new is out of the price range, keep scouring fleebay for 63-66cm frames.

There might be a few lesser known frames that I've forgotten.
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Do you have a Performance Bike near you?

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400001__400001

Also, check your local bike shops. 2013's may start going on sale soon. Some shops will usually have 1 or 2 larger sizes...you may get lucky!
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Old 07-21-13, 05:46 PM   #10
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They are talking about the Surly Ogre in another thread, but that may be a little bit too MTB for your tastes.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...XL-My-New-Ride
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Old 07-22-13, 03:57 PM   #11
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The list of stock potentials isn't long:

KHS Flight 747 - One size only (but aimed directly at guys in the 6'5"-6'9" range)
Cannondale Caad in 66cm if you can find one
Trek Madone in 64cm
Specialized Roubaix in 64cm
Surly Long Haul Trucker in 64cm

If new is out of the price range, keep scouring fleebay for 63-66cm frames.

There might be a few lesser known frames that I've forgotten.
The Canadian Bike maker "Guru" will also make custom sized roadbikes for taller guys too.
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The Canadian Bike maker "Guru" will also make custom sized roadbikes for taller guys too.
That wouldn't be a "stock" frame though, would it? The OP mentioned he is on a bit of a budget. So, custom would definately be out. If we get into all the custom frame manufacturers that would be willing to build a frame to fit, well, that includes just about all of them. But, with a few exceptions, they're reasonably expensive. One of the more well known and reaonably priced custom builders would be Gunnar. But, $1500 for a bare frame from them more or less equals the cost of a complete KHS Flight 747. If I were considering a custom metal frame my first preference would probably be Zinn. Just because he has such a knowledge base of having fit the extremely tall. If considering Carbon, well, we're talking mid four figures for just the frame. The sort of person considering that sort of outlay is probably already reasonably committed to the sport, has been through a few bikes, knows what they want and don't want and probably isn't going to be asking us where they should start.
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A lot of Japanese manufacturers made very tall bikes back in the 80s, check ebay.
Yes. Panasonic in particular made very tall bikes back in the 80s. Every once is a while I will see a used one at a shop or being ridden here in Philly.
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I'd look for a vintage bike on craigslist. That's your best bet if you want to save money and have a good bike. Here you height is somewhat of an advantage since large bikes are harder to sell and tend to go at a discount. I see 25 inch frames regularly on my local craigslist.
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Updated pic of the Ogre XXL frame set up for 6'5" 37" bike inseam and 38 shirt sleeve. The stem is a 100mm so there's room to move out if you needed to. Seat post still has room too, frankly I may go zero offset even as I'm pushed forward nearly all the way. The steerer is uncut, hard to see here, but I was at the top of it, and dropped it down a spacer today, so it has quite a decent amount of rise.

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That's a nice looking bike, there^^^ Love what you've done with it. A really cool build.
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That wouldn't be a "stock" frame though, would it? The OP mentioned he is on a bit of a budget. So, custom would definately be out. If we get into all the custom frame manufacturers that would be willing to build a frame to fit, well, that includes just about all of them. But, with a few exceptions, they're reasonably expensive. One of the more well known and reaonably priced custom builders would be Gunnar. But, $1500 for a bare frame from them more or less equals the cost of a complete KHS Flight 747. If I were considering a custom metal frame my first preference would probably be Zinn. Just because he has such a knowledge base of having fit the extremely tall. If considering Carbon, well, we're talking mid four figures for just the frame. The sort of person considering that sort of outlay is probably already reasonably committed to the sport, has been through a few bikes, knows what they want and don't want and probably isn't going to be asking us where they should start.
Im pretty sure(from the way they came off explaining it), that pretty much ALL of their bikes are custom made, and they dont charge extra for larger sizes, but you'd have to email them to confirm this. If a bigger sized frame is the same price as one of their regular models, that would fit into the scenerio op was talking about.

Also, Im pretty sure ALL of the manufacturers you speak of, probably wont charge a ton extra(if at all), for a larger sized frame, if they carry it, or make them. When I spoke to the folks @ Specialized once, the guy there said they made bigger sized frames, and didnt charge anything extra for them. AGAIN, you;d have to email them all to ask.
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That's a nice looking bike, there^^^ Love what you've done with it. A really cool build.
Thanks! Really liking it so far, it's a bit of a tank, but it handles really nicely, lively but still stable.
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Depending on where you live, there always seem to be a few bikes available for the very tall rider, at very low prices, since you redwoods make up less than 1% of the total population.

Decent Fuji, Raleigh, Schwinns and the occasional Trek available in >62cm frame configurations.

Where do you live?
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I was 6'6" in my younger days with a 36" (914mm) inseam. (I have shrunk a bit over the years) and firmly believe that the older Cannondale ST series bikes from the mid to late 80's are the best all around production (read-affordable) bikes you can get for someone your size. They are efficient (smaller riders read that as "stiff and harsh") and sweet rides. The dark blue bike is set up for loaded touring, whereas the lighter blue one has skinny tires and 2X10 drivetrain. I restored both. I'm sure there is sufficient travel in the seat post to fit you , and longer stems should fit your length. The longer wheelbase and more relaxed angles will soften the ride considerably, but they are still nimble enough for fast group rides.
And, don't worry about them being too "harsh" for long rides; what is comfortable for shorter riders is too flexy for us Clydes!
As for the 66cm CAAD 5 'Dale, that,too could probably be fitted to you properly. They use a carbon fork which also serves to deaden road vibrations.
I have ridden 63cm Cannondale race frames since 1986 and love them. I went from riding a 27" frame Fuji Royale to the 'Dales. Once I attempted go back to the Fuji, but found that I could not even get out of the saddle and pedal without swerving all over the road!
I also have a 66cm CAD3 and now 5 27" ST series 'Dales.
Keep your eyes open on CL and Ebay. They pop up from time to time, and can be very affordable. Good luck!
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I'm 6'7", had a 66cm Cannondale but I sold it a few years back. Kind of wish I still had it sometimes, it was great for fast centuries, really stiff.

My current two bikes are customs I bought used that were built for other tall guys:
Custom Paul Taylor 66cm, also 66TT so it stretches me out quite a bit. Good for faster riding but gets tiresome after 100 miles.

Rivendell full custom 68cm with 63TT, this is the bike I take on longer brevets more than 200K. It's a wonderful bike for crusing all day. Has bar end shifters and 30mm tires, all that anti-racer Grant Peterson stuff.

I have a 69cm 1975 Albert Eisentraut A-Frame touring bike sitting around waiting to be built up. Also a 68cm track frame. Decisions, decisions.

From looking at your new options I think the KHS747 would be workable. otherwise I agree with the others, keep scouring the Internet, that's how I found the bikes that I have now!
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I'm 6'7", had a 66cm Cannondale but I sold it a few years back. Kind of wish I still had it sometimes, it was great for fast centuries, really stiff.

My current two bikes are customs I bought used that were built for other tall guys:
Custom Paul Taylor 66cm, also 66TT so it stretches me out quite a bit. Good for faster riding but gets tiresome after 100 miles.

Rivendell full custom 68cm with 63TT, this is the bike I take on longer brevets more than 200K. It's a wonderful bike for crusing all day. Has bar end shifters and 30mm tires, all that anti-racer Grant Peterson stuff.

I have a 69cm 1975 Albert Eisentraut A-Frame touring bike sitting around waiting to be built up. Also a 68cm track frame. Decisions, decisions.

From looking at your new options I think the KHS747 would be workable. otherwise I agree with the others, keep scouring the Internet, that's how I found the bikes that I have now!
What an interesting sounding collection. Would love to see photos of the heard.
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