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Old 06-05-03, 05:36 PM   #1
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Surly Steamroller?

I just wanted to know what people think of the Surly Streamroller
Frame? I am thinking about building up a new fixed gear and would like a frame with track drops. Currently riding a 1975 Schwinn Varsity. 39X16
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Old 06-05-03, 07:34 PM   #2
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i have one. i like it lots.



(ignore the unorthodox positioning of the handlebars.)
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Old 06-05-03, 07:48 PM   #3
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Mr. Shishi,

I found a Steamroller frame on Ebay about 6 months ago. Even brand new, I think it's a great frame for the price. Decent welds..... Geometry is relaxed so it is nice and comfortable on those long rides. I have skinny tires mounted but you can mount up to 35mm tires I believe. The rear dropouts are pretty cool too.
There are lots of Surlys in the fixed gear gallery so check 'em out. Here's mine:

http://tc-homes.com/bike/forum/fg-bikes/leakos2.htm

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Old 06-05-03, 08:54 PM   #4
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Great frames and a better color now that they have the grey as well as the Baked Bean. Sold many of them, a couple of employees ride them.
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Old 06-06-03, 06:20 AM   #5
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Fore, haha, I was about to say something about the handlebars when I noticed your note.

However, not to be undone, that is a big gear you're riding!! Or so it looks to me!
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those are my race wheels.. 49x15

my every-day wheelset has a 16t cog on, that's all i change though.
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Old 06-06-03, 09:21 PM   #7
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Whoa, thats a little more than 3:1.
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right around 83 gear inches for day-to-day riding.

i'm young yet (20). my knees can take the abuse.
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Old 06-06-03, 10:46 PM   #9
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Reply to question about Steamroller, quick non-scientific poll of local mechanics gives it the thumbs up. Surly in general is a really good value.
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