I want one of the road bikes..but if you have read any of my threads you know im a big guy. I was told to go with a good steel frame, at least 32 spoke wheels 700x25 at least, and im definately going freewheel for a bit. I might even do the flipflop method. But fw first. My confusion is it looks like you guys all run the little narrow tires on these. They look like the type i had on a bmx racing bike i had back in the 80s. We called them pullons/sewups. Where the tire/tube or whatever is one? The bead on the rim is almost non existent and whenever we would turn hard they would roll off the rim. My confusion is can i get a old road bike run a bigger rim like i twas told and still get the good ole tire inside the tube method that i know how to fix? And next is the size thing im six foot one and i see bare frames at a decent price but dont know the size to get. Im a weird sixfoot plus guy. I have a 30-31 inseam. Im all torso. My trek MTB has the seat tube stamped at 18 inch/46cm if im not mistaken. It fits pretty good but maybe just a tad more height. Fixed the problem on my trek buy running the seat up high. So any suggestions would help immensly. I passed up a great shape old Schwinn frame and a nice looking italian brand cant remember the name, because they had no wheels and im scared it wont fit.
most people on here are running the good ol tires you know how to fix (clinchers) they are just skinny...you could run some cross rims..as for the bike.. i dunno.. you have the same inseem as me and im 5-7.. you are all torso..someones got your answer
The tires you see on most of the bikes around here aren't tubulars/sew-ups. They are clinchers. Skinny? yes. But you can build a road bike conversion w/ larger tires.
Size: You want much more standover height clearance on a mountain bike than a road bike. I ride a 60cm road bike, but the last mountain bike I had was 21"/53cms. On a road bike you only need an inch or two of top-tube clearance. I'm guessing you'd ride a 56-58cm road frame. Go to youf lbs and try on some bikes to make sure.
how long has it been since you've ridden a bike anyway?
maybe i'm wrong but it seems like you don't ride all that often so maybe you'd want to start off somewhere a little more relaxed. maybe a marin.
just an idea and no offence or elitism intended
as far as your questions go: you want clinchers, they're not that hard to work on.
yeah, most people are skinny here, cause we ride all the time.
i don't have enough time to consume all the calories i feel like i need to
i have 30-31" inseam. 5-10" and ride a 53 cm track. try a few more different kinds of bikes (hopefully, you have a good LBS) before you decide what you want. check size, brake setup, geometry, etc. and see what you really want.
clarity helps everyone. you should use paragraph breaks.
Actually sir i ride daily...up to 30-50 miles a week since i got my bike a couple weeks ago. I got big because a year and a half ago i was in a car wreck where someone tboned me in my car and broke my back and pelvis. Im just getting to the point i can exercise again and my doc says biking is best. Which i love because i lived bmx up until i was about 22 years old. Im 35 now. I have a very small lbs so ill have to go in and see what i find. Thanks for the help guys. Ill be rolling with one before winter hits..
Pink Nightmare (RIP), Kona Smoke fixed conversion, Surly Steamroller, Schwinn hardtail, Raleigh singlespeed mtb conversion (soon to be RIP), Green Road Biest
35.5" cycling inseam (34 pants) and 6'5". My mtb has a 64cm toptube, and my fixed is only 59, so I'm a little squished. I also considermyself all torso, and I wear shirts with 37cm arms. I have a 140 stem with a short quill.
Close to 300. Im not a big belly person..my weight is spread . Ive always worked out and was an all conference football player. I just quite working out when the wreck happened. Tonight was my first night back to the gym. I rode the bikes for a bit. Kept upt a 85 rpm at 175 for 8 imns then 70rpm on a 325 watt for 2mins. Then lifted weights for an hour. Ill get there but ill never be small. Even when i was built like the proverbial brick sh*thouse i was 235lbs and could run the 40 in just over 5 tics.