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    Senior Member smurray's Avatar
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    Want to build a cruiser/workhorse, frame recommendations?

    I've been trying to figure out what kind of bike to build next and I think I've decided on a fixed gear cruiser/workhorse type setup. I have my Leader 722TS build which is great for riding around for fun and for getting from point A to point B, but I want something a little more laid back to use when cruising around for fun with my wife. I'd also like to be able to fully deck it out with a rear rack and possibly a font basket of some sort so I can use it for grocery shopping. Any suggestions on a good frame to look at? It would need to come in a 61cm size (could maybe get by with a 60cm frame, but no smaller).

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    Sounds like a Surly Crosscheck frame would fit the bill perfectly.
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    I love the frame on my back - Laid back is my cycling style. Think its a CRMO 4130.

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    Surly Crosscheck
    All-City Space Horse
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    Any old school road frame with eyelets and forward facing dropouts.
    I personally would go for the Space Horse for such project, I really like that frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomMaltby View Post
    I love the frame on my back - Laid back is my cycling style. Think its a CRMO 4130.
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    I have a Cross Check as my workhorse commuter, errand runner, cruising around bike and I love it. I also love that I can still take it out on a serious ride with people and keep up and I could load it up and do some long distance touring or enter in a cyclocross race with it. Versatility
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    A Jury frameset also fits your requirements

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    You might want to convert an old 70s or 80s road frame or maybe older mountain bike if you can live with 26 inch tires. Personally I wouldn't go out and buy a new frame for this type of use.

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    80s mountain bikes are great for this role with their slack angles and long wheelbases. Now that I have my 29er the Panasonic will get its racks put back on. An equivalent new frame would be the Surly Troll.

    There is also the Soma Doublecross.
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    Convert an old British 3 speed, they have the geometry you're looking for and are bulletproof.

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