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    Forks to fit a 30c to 38c

    I am very new to FG and SS bikes, I am going to build one but cant seem to find which fork i should be looking at. What size should I be looking for to fit a 30c to 38c tire? the conditions are not the best but i really want a SS
    Also what else should I keep in mind to make sure the wheels fit?


    Thanks for the help in advance

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    700c right?

    Surly and All City have pretty good steel forks. What kind of riding do you plan on doing?
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    Any cyclocross fork should work for you
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    yes 700c.
    will a cyclocross for fit a standard fixie frame?
    Also will a 35c rear wheel fit a standard fixie frame?

    Thanks for the replies and i am sorry for the noob questions haha

    Edit: I'm not sure on rules for links but i found this fork
    Frames & Forks :: Forks :: 700C Forks :: Hybrid :: Fork 700c x 35c 1 1/8" Threadless Stem 260mm Black - King Street Cyclery | Sydney & Australia's Premier Retail Bicycle Shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idealyst View Post
    yes 700c.
    will a cyclocross for fit a standard fixie frame?
    Also will a 35c rear wheel fit a standard fixie frame?

    Thanks for the replies and i am sorry for the noob questions haha

    Edit: I'm not sure on rules for links but i found this fork
    Frames & Forks :: Forks :: 700C Forks :: Hybrid :: Fork 700c x 35c 1 1/8" Threadless Stem 260mm Black - King Street Cyclery | Sydney & Australia's Premier Retail Bicycle Shop
    It's okay, we were all new at one point, and I'm not sure about rear tire clearance. It all depends on the frame (what kind of frame do you have?), as for forks, yes, any cyclocross fork will do, but you need to know your headtube size, most modern bikes take 1 1/8 inch, which is most likely yours. If you're not sure, google your bike and find the specs so you can be certain.
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    I have not purchased a frame yet because I wanted to be sure it will fit the wheels i would like.
    i have looked at frames for 30c and up but haven't found much. also I'm not sure what to look for in terms of clearance and sizes. Now that i know what forks to look for, i just have to find a frame that has the rear wheel clearance and the right headtube size

    The minimum i would like would be 30c, that seams to be a decent width

    EDIT: i have seen some websites saying i need to also check the chainstays clearance but i don't really understand that
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    Might I ask why you want such wide tires?
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    For comfort and the conditions here aren't the best. even the roads are pretty bad haha. I just want to ride for fun and getting to places so i don't want really narrow tires but i love the fixie style frame and clean look

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    It depends a lot on what you're building.

    Many classics designed for 27" wheels will have horizontal dropouts (good for your fixie), and should fit larger 700c tires (35mm or so) just fine.

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    could you link me or let me know what i should search for?

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    Fixie.jpg

    I really like the look of this bike, clean and simple. but the tires it has are 25c and it doesn't look like the frame has room for much more

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    Ok thank you everyone for helping, so i have come to the conclusion i can get a SS cyclocross frame which is very similar to standard fixie frame but will fit the tires i want.
    is this correct?
    then just build it like a fixie/SS as it will take the same sized parts?

    I am learning so much, i love it

    EDIT: can i use fixie riser bars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idealyst View Post
    could you link me or let me know what i should search for?
    Where are you located?

    There are a lot of older 27" bikes around, mostly from the 70's and early 80's that would be suitable donors for a project, often not very expensive.

    For example, in Portland:
    Older 27" FUJI 12 speed in good shape

    As far as the bike photo you linked to... I agree, it looks tight. Maybe 28mm tires? You'd either have to see the manufacture specs, or look at the bike in person and just measure (or try your own wheels or tires).

    I encourage outfitting the bike with at least front brakes, if not front and rear brakes.

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    Yeah the person selling the bike seemed to know less than i haha, it comes with brakes also.

    Also i am from South Australia and there isn't much, so most of it will be bought online. The 27" bikes will fit 700 x 30c?

    I am a fan of the frames as you linked and the picture i posted where bar along the top is basically a straight line across, and very plain

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    do yourself a favor and obliterate the term "fixie" from your vocabulary before you get hung. no parts are fixie this or fixie that, theyre just risers
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    and by risers you mean?... please explain if you are going to tell me what i am doing wrong so I can learn.

    because your post didn't really help me achieve what i set out for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idealyst View Post
    and by risers you mean?... please explain if you are going to tell me what i am doing wrong so I can learn.

    because your post didn't really help me achieve what i set out for.
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    Yeah i know that, i said i like riser bars. but i don't know what this guy means by "no parts are fixie this or fixie that, theyre just risers"

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    The word "fixie". It's like the "N word" around here. haha...

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    you asked if you could use "fixie risers"

    just call them risers, theres nothing "fixie" specific about any style of handlebar

    the only thing youre doing "wrong" here is using uncouth nomenclature. people around here have an adverse reaction to the term fixie when referring to a fixed gear bicycle.

    look for a fork that has an axle to crown measurement of 375mm minimum

    ive never seen 30c tires, theyre either gonna be 28 or 32

    chainstay clearance:

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    I don't get why people get so miffed with the term "fixie". Not like it's gonna go away. Change things you can control, not those that you cannot.

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    I don't really get "miffed". I just associate it with jackasses, generally.

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    Thank you for the replies and the fork measurements.
    Now i am just wondering how i would find the frame measurements for the rear wheel as i do not know what that area is called.

    Edit: I only used the term "fixie" as it is advertised as that a lot where i have seen it, sorry.

    Also i was looking at a frame with these measurements
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    you cant especially tell that from a geo chart, the manufacturer would list the max clearance on its description, or you could give them a call/email to ask

    the closes thing that could provide you any insight is "F" but that still doesnt give you what you actually need which is the measurement on the inside where the tire fits

    if its a used steel road bike, anything built for 27" wheels will have ample clearance upwards of 32, and a lot bikes built for 700c will still have room just slightly less

    for instance my '87 fuji was built for 27" wheels and it had clearance for 38+, the '92 trek i have was built for 700c wheels and i could maybe get 35s, 32s fit fine

    id be willing to bet that 95% of steel road bikes you find used from the 90s can fit at least a 28 front and rear
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