Hi to all, I'm new here.
I commute to work each day...don't even own a car. I'm 56 and have ridden road and mountain bikes for many years. Now though I want a fixie because I simply don't need gears.
I will have to build what I want and I prefer to do so with components I already have plus a few I will need to buy.
Here is my dilemma:
I want a frame that will accommodate fat tires (Schwalbe Big Apple; Fat Frank) on 700c rims which I already have built. I assume I need a 29er frameset to do that. I have a Linus Roadster frameset but there simply isn't room for the tires let alone fenders for them. I do want fenders btw.
Front brake will be a sturmey-archer dynamo drum...no back brake of course since it will be a fixie. Winter tires will be similar sized but likely be studded.
What I'm looking for is an inexpensive hi-ten steel fixie frameset that accommodates the tire/wheel size.
I'm having no luck finding such, naturally.
I thought about buying a critical bike for 219 and just forgetting about the fat tire thing. Using 35c instead. I would strip its components and replace with mine, incorporating the drum dynamo into a front wheel build. I'll use Planet Bike Speedez fenders since there are no eyelets on their frames.
Is the geometry on the critical bike fixie suitable for a commute?
All thoughts are welcome but trust me when I say I don't need the gears. I've been three-speeding on 26" rims for almost a year now and never shift out of high. I only have one hill to climb in each direction and standing on the pedals is just fine Good exercise!