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    Looking for help

    Hi everyone,
    I was wondering if I could get your help on building or buying a single speed bike.
    When I was in college I always wanted to ride a single speed bike but I didn't have enough knowledge about them.
    Plus, I thought I would be too heavy to ride them, haha. I'm 6'3'' and 260 pounds, where should I start? should I try building my own or buying a complete set?
    Thanks in advance

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    What's your budget? Do you care about aesthetics? Where will you be riding and how hard/often?

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    Being a bigger guy(I'm 6'2 240) definitely do some research in wheels. There is a whole segment of the wheel market that is almost off-limits to us. Being that your just getting into it, I'd reccommend doing a quality budget build or buying used. You could be anywhere in the 59/60 cm to 63+cm(I know there are many other measurements to think about, just giving barebones) range depending on your build. I always reccommend that people go single speed before going geared or fixed. Riding fixed without knowledge is dangerous, riding geared without a base of knowledge derived from practice is a waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakersb View Post
    What's your budget? Do you care about aesthetics? Where will you be riding and how hard/often?
    My budget is around 350-400 dollars and I will probably be riding on the street to commute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omegaman13 View Post
    Being a bigger guy(I'm 6'2 240) definitely do some research in wheels. There is a whole segment of the wheel market that is almost off-limits to us. Being that your just getting into it, I'd reccommend doing a quality budget build or buying used. You could be anywhere in the 59/60 cm to 63+cm(I know there are many other measurements to think about, just giving barebones) range depending on your build. I always reccommend that people go single speed before going geared or fixed. Riding fixed without knowledge is dangerous, riding geared without a base of knowledge derived from practice is a waste.
    Oh for sure, I been riding geared bike for a while and I got to try fixed geared bike from my friends. I really don't care if it's fancy or not, I was wondering what kind of builds/companies for someone who's kind of heavy haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sun9612 View Post
    My budget is around 350-400 dollars and I will probably be riding on the street to commute.
    Forget about building anything on that budget. Just look for a complete bike that is suitable to your build and usage, and make changes as needed. There are a few Motobecane Messengers your size left on bikesdirect, the wheels are bombproof and the bike will fit wide tires which would be good for your weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Forget about building anything on that budget. Just look for a complete bike that is suitable to your build and usage, and make changes as needed. There are a few Motobecane Messengers your size left on bikesdirect, the wheels are bombproof and the bike will fit wide tires which would be good for your weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    Forget about building anything on that budget. Just look for a complete bike that is suitable to your build and usage, and make changes as needed. There are a few Motobecane Messengers your size left on bikesdirect, the wheels are bombproof and the bike will fit wide tires which would be good for your weight.
    Gotcha, I think I will look into it, thanks everyone for the comments

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