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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 09-05-05, 07:44 PM   #1
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Just saying hey

I love the look of some of these bikes. Im a big guy..to big to have one of these road racer bikes, My question is since i have always been a big fan of the simplicity and the strength of a bmx bike would i would love to have a bmx cruiser. Do any of you guys have one? Im six foot two and i was thinking of one of the redline chromoly 24 inch cruisers...give me some imput on this if you would like. Thank you.
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Old 09-05-05, 07:53 PM   #2
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how big? I'm about your height, 260 lbs (dropped 10 from riding fixed), and I ride one of those "road racer bikes" with no brakes...
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Old 09-05-05, 10:10 PM   #3
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Im about 320 so im a bit scared to run on those small rims...maybe im just dumb to these type of bikes. I thought i was to big .
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There's got to be a rim out there with 36 spokes that can do the job.
I weigh 235 and had someone 150 riding on the handlebars this weekend. It was a good idea, especially since it was uphill. mavic ma3 in the back, 15? year old wolber super alpine or something on the front. Dont give up
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there's also touring rims...
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I was reading some of the stickys..i actually tried to build one of these as a kid out of a old murray 10 speed because i hated derailers. Got a new trek mtb and still hate them..lol When i ride on smooth ground even at my size i still leave the bike in the smallest gears on teh bike. Whats a good strong candidate for a frame and fork to build on for one of these? Should i got MTB frame or road bike frame? thanks again for all the help
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the surly steamroller is a good solid frame. they have room to run some big 'ol tires too. the surly cross check is similar but with a more relaxed geometry and road "drop-outs" as opposed to the steamroller's track "fork-ends". the cross check can be set up as fixed gear, no prob lem o. I'm sure if you emailed them they could steer you in the right direction, (probably much better than me) http://www.surlybikes.com
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The Grown-up BMX Cruiser market is about to blow up. I'm predicting it. In the mean time, there are a couple places you can get good frames... Both of these take 26" (Normal MTB size wheels, very available with super-tough hubs, rims, etc.) with BMX/cruiser geometry:

The SyCip Superboy:

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And the Fireman's Texas Cruzer:

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Those are sweet! I dont know about the sycip but the fireman bike is almost a 1000.00 bucks. Little steep for me. Thats exactly what i want. I am still wondering if i could build one out of a 24 inch bmx cruiser.
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The Fireman's is only $800 complete if you settle for 1-piece cranks. And if you happen to have old BMX parts lying around (or a source of cheap ones), you could probably get a frame and build it up for a little less ($550 for frame and fork).

Depending on how tall you are, a 24" might be too small, just for general cruising around. Or you could just a Monocog (~ 550 complete) or other SS/fixed MTB and ride around on that. Most inexpensive SS MTBs aren't that light, which usually means they can take a healthy amount of abuse. Try stuff out, and see how it feels.
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if you can fit on a 24", check out the felt sector 24. a buddy of mine just got one and it's great, and its around 400 bucks.

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Im a poor boy so about 300-400 pushing it. I like the mtb idea because they are a bit beefy and like i said im a big boy. Im around 6 foot 1 so a 24 would probaly be to small. I love the road bike look but i think i would destroy the wheels on them things. Still keep the suggestions coming.
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Oh yeah im a werid six foot one....i am all torso and less legs. i only have a 30 inch inseam. I like the idea of fixed because even at my size 300-320 lbs i can keep a good pace on our smooth bike trails here. I would love to have the adult cruiser to. I want somethign if i wanted to i can hit the dirt with. No jumping of course but i was fierce back in the good ole aba bmx days. I rode the bes then. Hutch, Redline, Pk rippers so i want one i can street/dirt a bit.
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From hearing this, I'd suggest a Specialized P1. A lot of people get these for single-speeding, and end up disappointed because it's such a tank. I bet that if you got a used one (and I've seen a LOT of them for sale used), you could build up a new rear wheel with a Kogswell hub and use that as a flip-flop. Tankish, but with a teensy little cog, could be used to crank away.
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