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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 06-08-05, 03:20 PM   #1
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Is my fixie too small for me? (swallowing my pride...)

Aside from the fact that I'm a huge fat A$$, I need to know if this bike looks like its too small for me, fitment wise. I feel comfortable on it but after seeing this picture, and being amazed that the bike holds up to my weight, I feel that the frame might be too small. I need the general opinion of the nice folks here on the board to tell me if I look like the bike doesn't fit.

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Old 06-08-05, 03:26 PM   #2
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Doesn't look too bad. Ride it for a while and see if you develope any soreness issues. Personally, I like to be a little more stretched out over the bars, but that's just my preference.
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Old 06-08-05, 03:27 PM   #3
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Doesn't look too bad. Ride it for a while and see if you develope any soreness issues. Personally, I like to be a little more stretched out over the bars, but that's just my preference.
You mean like a longer stem?
Edit: I've been riding this bike for some time, and am comfy on it in general.
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it looks like you might have a lot of seatpost sticking out of the seat-tube, which might mean it's a little small, but as long as you're comfy, who cares?
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Old 06-08-05, 03:28 PM   #5
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I think i can make out 3 fistfulls of seatpost...probably too small. I am in a similar situationi have about 2 fistfulls of seatpost.

Makes for more track style geometry. If it feels good, i would say dont worry about.
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If you're comfortable, then no worry.
But I think it might be a tad small. the TT might be a bit short, and the stem might be a bit low (your arms look locked out - a bit of a bend is better) however, you can fix this easily.
My tips:
1. you stem looks really stubby. raise it + get a longer one.
2. your seatpost might be a bit high. your left leg looks quite extended.
3. (not really fit-related) pedal more with the balls of your feet and not your instep (left foot)
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Old 06-08-05, 03:35 PM   #8
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Yeah, a longer stem with some rise might help, and like baxtefer said, your leg does look like it's at the limit, you don't want to be locking your knees when you pedal.
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Old 06-08-05, 03:40 PM   #9
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Hey thanks alot guys, I appreciate it. As I get more into bikes, I realize there is alot that I don't know. I built up this frame because it was about the right size, but now I realize I'd be better off with a 62cm bike (this on is 59cm c-t) and maybe even a little bigger than that. I'm taller than my neighbor who has a 61.5cm bike that he had custom built. I'll try a longer stem, with a little more rise to it. I may just start looking for another frame, too.
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Old 06-08-05, 03:53 PM   #10
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rykoala, how tall are you? i have been thinking of selling an old ross frame and fork i have. the paint is in super great shape: black with gold outlined lugs. it's a 63 c-c. it's designed for 27" wheels. it came with 5 speed stuff, so the rear spacing would be nice and narrow: great for a fixie. no shifter bosses either. however, one sort of pain about it is the stem is .883", but i have a 100mm on there now. the steertube, or perhaps just the headset, will not allow a standard 22.2mm stem. pm me if you're interested.
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Old 06-08-05, 04:31 PM   #11
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I don't know it looks alright for me. I ride a 57 and I'm 6'2. Fits me just fine. I have longer legs but a shorter torso so blah , but if it feels good why stop?
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regarding bike size and strength, all else constant, more compact frames will hold up better to weight than larger ones. I'm another big guy (6'1, about 210) and right now I'm riding a 61cm bike. I went with oversized steel tubing to keep stiffness up, but I'm afraid durability may suffer in the exchange.
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Old 06-08-05, 04:36 PM   #13
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eblaska: I hate riding frames that are too small. In comparison, I have a mountain bike that is a huge old school frame, and I love how it feels. I'd like the same out of a road bike. I didn't realize this was was so small on me until I saw the pic.

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the seat looks pretty high there too, is your leg straight at the bottom of your stroke? lower it a bit might help along with a longer stem and a bit of ride on it.
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OK I'll lower the seat tonight. Its high enough that I can lock my leg at full extension- I guess that's too high.
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don't worry about being overweight, you say you're new to biking, I was pretty big when I started riding around 2 years ago and I've lost about 35 pounds since then
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don't worry about being overweight, you say you're new to biking, I was pretty big when I started riding around 2 years ago and I've lost about 35 pounds since then
Well I've been biking for a little over a year, commuting to work and back every day that I can (that its not raining). I haven't been watching my food intake, but that is starting. I decided to go fixie so I could get more of a workout on my 5.5 mile commute.
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stand with the top tube between your legs and lift the bike up, should have over an inch of clearance on either wheel from the ground (thats what I was always told anyways)
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Looks a bit small but I would try keeping the stem where it is and moving the seatpost down and back.
Don't try a longer stem until you get more flexibility (i.e. lose some middle section) as that would put too much weight into your arms and wrists.
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Well I've been biking for a little over a year, commuting to work and back every day that I can (that its not raining). I haven't been watching my food intake, but that is starting. I decided to go fixie so I could get more of a workout on my 5.5 mile commute.
yeah food intake is pretty key, I've just been maintaining my current weight for a while because Im back to eating whatever I feel like but the biking keeps it in check, I'll have to change that soon as I want to lose more.
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there was a pretty interesting article in a recent TIME about fitness vs weight and how tons of attention is paid to weight but very little media attention is paid to fitness. it discussed being skinny and out of shape vs being over weight but fit. if you're commuting 5.5 miles (is that roundtrip or one way?) then you're probably getting a good bit more exercise than most americans and that's awesome. it's not necessarily being overweight that's the problem with most of america, but the effects of that like high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. commuting on a bike will definately fight that.

i'm about 15 pounds overweight but in pretty great cardio shape. i get tons of exercise and i'm vegan. i'm now starting to watch my food intake a lot more to try and drop a few pounds.
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The commute is 11mi roundtrip. I am in much better shape than I used to be, but I still have a long way to go. I can barely do steep ascents, and a single flight of stairs kills me still.

Thanks for all the positive comments, I really appreciate it
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Well you gotta look at where your using the bike mostly. A smaller frame is for my use on the street wheras I would go bigger if I was riding a bike path with no one in the way. So you gotta take in everything.
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From what my friend at the bike shop told me, with your foot completely level, there should be a small amount of bend at the knee. Locking the knee out straight should lower the heel a very small amount (1cm tops?). Also, it looks like your elbows are locked. Is that just because you were posing for the pic? Your stem does seem to be crazy short, though. I'm guessing you can look down when you're in that position and see the hub well out in front of the bars. All that being said, if it doesn't hurt, why change it?
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Assuming you're in the flats and you're using cycling as a means for weight loss, what gearing is best for this situation? Should you spin or mash? Spinning is obviously good for cardio and mashing for building muscle, but what for calorie burning?
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