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Old 05-12-10, 02:01 PM   #1
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Building a new fixed gear. Need help on choosing the right frame.

I am building a new bike as kind of a weekend bike. The only thing I care about is the bike being light. Can you guys recommend some frames (probably steel) that are lightweight. Not gonna tarck on it so I am pretty much just gonna ride with it. Maybe $300 at most for the frame.
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That's really the ONLY thing you care about?
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Alright, well...

What do you have to compare against? Weight is a relative concept. What have you ridden before?

If you're looking for a steel frame under $300, just get a Kilo TT/Stripper frameset and be happy. Most people will point you in that direction. There aren't too many other options if you're looking for just a frameset. If you want to truly go light, you can try to find a used aluminum frameset off of CL. Expect to pay at LEAST $300 for a decent-condition reputable aluminum track frame.
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Old 05-12-10, 07:40 PM   #4
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I wonder if the posters above really think they're funny. They act like kids but I have a feeling they're around the 30+ year age range.

Anyway, I would check Craigslist. Also, if you ever make a trip down to So Cal, you can check the Los Angeles/Orange County/San Diego listings as well. That's what I did and picked up a really sweet frame/fork. Good luck!
I'm not an expert, but I definately know that the frame is not the most important component to a bike. Plus, you can buy a complete bike for $300 that would be fine for weekend riding.

What are the other components being used? That might help other see what path you're taking. I mean, if you have $1000 in wheels and cranks that's one thing, but if you have $10 in wheels and cranks that another story.

Just sayin.
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Old 05-12-10, 07:47 PM   #5
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I wonder if the posters above really think they're funny. They act like kids but I have a feeling they're around the 30+ year age range.
The OP asked an extremely vague question about buying a light frame for a certain amount of money...of course we are going to bombard him with stupid pictures and remarks. Weight should not be a great concern, probably should be looking into what kind of geometry the frame has, what kind of tubing the frame use..etc etc.
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I am building a new bike as kind of a weekend bike. The only thing I care about is the bike being light. Can you guys recommend some frames (probably steel) that are lightweight. Not gonna tarck on it so I am pretty much just gonna ride with it. Maybe $300 at most for the frame.
Would you consider doing a conversion? Specialized Allez steel frames pop up more than occasionally on eBay, are very light and have generally a pleasant (road) geomety. IMHO.
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I deleted 18 posts from the first page of this thread.

Give the thread a chance. Cracking jokes on the OP is not much different than slamming the OP. If you can't contribute anything to the conversation other than jokes (or comments about jokes) then please don't post.

Bike Forums is not here to entertain your or to be cannon fodder for your jokes.
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