Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: upstate NY (eastern side)
Bikes: giant ATX 760, Falcon Road Bike (ss) custom marinoni tourismo (full dresser) ,
A few new questions (working up to the project) first frame.
Ive been posting a bunch on various aspects of me wanting to build a frame.
The inputs and replies have been very helpfull.
again Ill do fillet braze when ready to roll but im not quite there yet as I have a few rudimentary things to work out and ask of you experienced builders/designers.
Im 5' 10" 247LB short legs long torso current daily ride is a surly cross check size 50 the head tube is way short as is the TT. over 5" stack height with a riser stem to get bars level with seat.
Id like to do sport tour layout cyclocross light I guess with sloped top tube ,HT will need to be tall.
a few things im having trouble deciding on.
1)wheel size My original desire was to use 700C But Im now thinking 26" would be a good way to go (I read SJSC article about 26" wheels) 26" makes sence, But Ive got the 26" is not Cool thing stuck in my head (I have a good set of 26" wheels I can use)
2) Brakes I was thinking of using the new Tektro Long reach side pulls 73mm, My thinking was they would easier to do (no Bosses to get right) and no nasty canti related problems. I was advised against the side pulls due to my size/ weight???
Your thoughts please! the Shimano 105 single pivot brakes on my 1992 road bike (sheldon Browns favorite single pivot brakes) work fine often better than my cantis
3) Cables I want to top mount all my cables (prevent auto shift and make room for kickstand) Ill route cables under top tube and follow the seat stay or chainstay for RD . should I do exposed cable then start/terminate with housing or run housing all the way (like my old facon road bike)
4) Fork I have no way to bend OVAL tubing so I was looking at a pre bent crown but the only ones I see that will work with wide tires /fenders are for 1" steer tubes will this be an issue??
This is it for now with these questions settled I can draw out the design and order tubing/fittings .
have a great day and thank you very much (Ps velonomad hope your doing well It would be great to chat with you )
Last edited by JOHN J; 06-19-07 at 02:09 PM.