short people, i need your advice. i've been seeking a 50 - 51cm frame with the only requirement that it's an older bike. i prefer that aesthetic, and i like good-quality steel bikes, and blah blah blah.
but it seems like bikes made in the '70s (that weren't entry level models) usually came in sizes 53-54 and up... do you think it'd be possible to find an '80s frame in my size, or should i not bother?
and is there any particular brand i should be watching for? i notice centurion and some other japanese manufacturers offered smaller frames, so if there are certain names i should be on the lookout for, please enumerate them.
Sure it is possible. But the greatest number of bikes made are 54-55. SO of older bikes those will be the most common to find. But there were smaller bike made in the 80s. 50-51 is not that uncommon. Just keep your eyes open.
I'm in the same boat. I've been scouring CL for a suitable bike for weeks. If you need a smaller frame, your used options are pretty limited. This is especially true for road bikes.
yeah, I think it's particularly hard now because no one seems to want to sell their bike in the summer. a few months ago there were bianchis going for 120 on craig's list because of the high volume of ads during spring cleaning or whatever it was.
ebay's even more frustrating, none of the prices ever fit my budget or come close. and you know most of the people bidding on bikes/frames that size are probably looking for projects to build up for their girlfriends. psshhh, some of us need bikes for ourselves!
you should post a want ad on CL, those prove to be surprisingly effective.