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    Newby needs help building a bike

    Hi everyone,

    Please point me in a right direction.
    I got a bug of building up a bike. Primarily because I see nothing in the local stores that fits my needs.

    With all the bike and frame manufacturers how does one go about selecting a frame style and frame brand?

    Briefly my needs:

    I am a week-end rider, 20-30 miles at a time. I ride with my kid in the back baby seat.

    I am 210lb and my daughter is about 25lb. I ride very fast and like to have a stiff responsive bike, not a wiggling contraption. I plan to ride with my daughter until she can ride by herself at my speed or we will get a tandem (probably till she weighs 50-55lb)

    I currently ride a modified Univega Via Carizma touring bike. With my daughter in the back the bike is becoming to flexible and less controllable for my taste. The front fork is excessively flexing during braking and other dynamic problems.

    Thanks in advance, Igor

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    look for the book the paterek manual, it shows how to build a frame with homemade jigs.

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    have a look in the book. that will help you. but that mite not help becoz where u are at if the book don't tell i will. if u eed help
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    "I got a bug of building up a bike. Primarily because I see nothing in the local stores that fits my needs."
    I take it from this you want to buy a naked frame and install the components of your choice, rather than physically construct your own frame.
    To start pick a price range, and then start reading through forums like this one. LBS's (Local Bike Shops) are also a great resource for info.

    Salsa, and Surly are two frame makers (both owned by QBP, so nearly any bike shop can get them in) that make framesets that should fit your needs.

    A heavy load held high and in the rear of the bike, like where a child seat is mounted, can make the front end "twitchy". A child trailer, such as those made by Burley, can alleviate that problem, and may be something you could consider.

    You might also post your question again in General Cycling, Framebuilding's traffic can be fairly slow.

    Good luck

    --A
    Quote Originally Posted by n.o.r.t View Post
    have a look in the book. that will help you. but that mite not help becoz where u are at if the book don't tell i will. if u eed help
    ^^^^
    That baby talk crap is nearly unintelligible.
    Last edited by Allen; 07-27-07 at 12:26 PM.

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    The Surly Long Haul Trucker frame is made for touring. It should handle the load of the kid quite well. Sounds like fun. I haven't built up a bike in 20 years.

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