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Old 09-12-09, 09:55 AM   #1
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Eighth Inch Scrambler as Commuter?

Hello all,

I posted here a few weeks ago about whether to convert my old road bike to a single speed. I did, and I'm really enjoying it. My new problem is that after riding my bike for a while, I've realized it's a bit large for me, and I've been having a hell of a time trying to find a smaller old road bike to convert. I was thinking about maybe purchasing the Eighth Inch Scrambler frame (http://www.eighthinch.com/scrambler_frame.html). Whats the consensus on using the Eighth Inch as a general commuter bike? I don't really intend on doing tricks, or racing, just getting from point A to point B. Is there any reason why a track frame may be uncomfortable, or wrong for around town use? The only problem I see is that I may need to get clip on fenders if I use a rack, anything else?

Does anybody maybe know of a similarly priced ($150) general, road type frame?

Thanks

*Cross posted to the SS/FG forum as well
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Old 09-13-09, 11:21 AM   #2
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1/8" commuter.

Hi,
I needed a bike that was geared between my roadbike ss 48-12 gear and my mtb ss 32-15 gear so i could commute to work 2 times a week without lugging a hard gear or spinning my legs out with 175mm crankarms on the mtb.
I was swapping out the wheels and chainring on the roadbike plus installing egg beater pedals for faster clip in at stop lights and installing lights plus extra tools and tubes. Then swap everything back over the next day for a fast club group ride 3-4 times per week was getting too much of a hassle.
I finally built up an eighthinch scrambler as a fixed gear commuter/recovery ride bike that is geared 46-15 with 170mm crankarms that seems to work great. I have 3/4" mtb rise bars onit that helps me see more stuff everywhere for a more scenic and safer ride and installed front brakes to not stress out the knees.
The steel frame and fork are really smooth. My roadbike is carbon fiber and cringe everytime i have to hop a curb in fear of breaking it! The mtb is full rigid aluminum 26" and my knees seem to feel all the shockwaves = pain!
Glad that i built up this eighthinch scrambler as a commuter. You should be fine buffalo_cody if you did decide to purchase one.
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