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Old 09-17-05, 11:25 PM   #1
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More confused then ever

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.
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Old 09-17-05, 11:28 PM   #2
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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
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Old 09-17-05, 11:38 PM   #3
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Now I'm a little confused.

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.
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but hes got a 31 inch inseem.. on a 56cm track frame.. wouldnt "the twins" be crushed on the top bar?
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if he is really six foot i find it a bit hard to believe he's really got such a small inseam
i'm 6'3" and my inseam is like 34" and i'm all torso

anyway just go to a buy bike shop and talk to them about what you looking for and they will help you out
i doubt you are really TOO big for and off the shelf bike
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Old 09-18-05, 12:04 AM   #6
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Lol. Why would i lie about my height..im a six foot 1 and a half to be exact and i wear 30 sometimes 32 inseam jeans. By big i meant weight. Im a bit on the heavy side
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Old 09-18-05, 12:05 AM   #7
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The last time i checked not many people are built exactly alike..and you are 2 inches taller so why is it hard to believe your inseam can be 2-3 inches more...

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pants inseam != cycling inseam.

measure your real inseam properly. Jam a book in your crotch and measure from floor to the spine.
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i don't think your lying i just think you are measuring improperly

i wear a 32" pant too
but they hang a bit low off my ass
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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
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but hes got a 31 inch inseem.. on a 56cm track frame.. wouldnt "the twins" be crushed on the top bar?
I was thinking he wanted to convert a road frame. Track frames do run larger than a road frame with the same size seat tube.
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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.
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Old 09-18-05, 11:21 AM   #13
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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..
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Had my wife measure my inseam,,,she used to be a seamstress. Its 31.25 to be exact if that helps anyone out about helping me with frame size.

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Old 09-18-05, 09:53 PM   #15
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pants inseam? or book-in-crotch inseam?
6'1.5" w/ 31.25" inseam? hmmm. I'd say...go custom.

I'm 6'2" w/ a 33" (book-in-crotch) inseam and I think i have a long torso.
you're gonna need a tiny frame with a massively long stem.

maybe you want to play with this fit calculator....
it's for road bikes but it'll give you an idea. people generally, size a track from 1-2cm smaller than a road frame.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO
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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.
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My mtb has a 64cm toptube.
WOW.
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I'd look at tandem rims in 40 or 48 hole--they would come in wide 700s.
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Thanks guys...this is all good info...much appreciated.
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how much do you weigh?
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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.
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you're a stud! send pics!
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