I recently found a abandon Gitane frame with a handful of salvageable parts on my campus and got real excited about how I might be able to make myself a ss/fg out of it. That dream didnít last long however when I quickly found out (Iím a little ashamed of myself for not realizing it sooner) that the fame is way to big for me. Itís a 56cm and as a real short guy at 5í5Ē I would need something like a 49 or 50. Is it at all likely that I will ever be able to scrounge up a frame that size that I could convert or should I just forget it? Any thoughts? Anyone want the frame?
Surly Cross-Check, '85 Giant road bike (unrecogizable fixed-gear conversion
Actually, there is a setup you can use that might work. Get a short stem, and use inverted 3-speed or cruiser bars. That will put your hands low and back. The standover will suck, but that's the least important of bike measurements. Just remember it will hurt if you slip off the saddle.
Unfortunately it's the "slipping of the saddle and hurting myself" that I'm worried about! Yeah, working out some sort of trade would be awesome. We'll just have to see what works out. I'm in no hurry. I was just hoping I could come up with a simple, dependable, and durable bike to have around campus and it seemed like this was the way to go. I really appreciate your ideas. Thanks!
Hey nelzar13. Sorry, I somehow didn’t see that you posted.
It’s yours if you want it. Let me just clarify a few things. As it turns out it’s a 1984 Gitane Interclub frame with Vitus 788 butted Manganese alloy tubing measuring 56cm C-T. I haven’t looked at the headset. It seems pretty smooth but I can’t promise you anything. The bottom bracket doesn’t appear to be in the greatest of concisions but it’s certainly workable. The whole thing sat in the snow for a while before I saved it...
If your still interested, PM me with your address and I’ll get you a shipping cost.