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    Steel Frame and hybrid?

    Where can I get a nice steel frame I can turn into a hybrid, comfortable bike or a nice touring bike with steel frame that I can convert into hybrid with flat bar. What should I look for in steel frame?

    I will be using this bike for casual rides and maybe do a century do the line.

    Any tips and recommendations would be helpful. Thanks you.
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    You know, GT used to make some really light steel frames..... They called them Hybrids, Slipstreams, or something like that.

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    Why not just by a hybrid with a steel frame, such as the Jamis Coda, KHS Urban Xpress or Urban Xtreme?
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    Depending on where you live, there may be a bicycle cooperative in your area that collects and sells old frames that can be rebuilt. Lugged or brazed touring and mountain bike frames from the 1980s and 1990s can be found inexpensively. Also, e-bay is a good place to find deals, and sometimes the deals are so good that it justifies the shipping prices. I'd also look on Craigslist. As far as reasonably priced new bicycles, Surly makes the best production steel bicycles on the market. The Surly Long Haul Trucker or Cross Check will fit your needs perfectly. Both are offered as bare frames for about $450, or fully-built bicycles for around $1000. Also the Velo-Orange Polyvalent is another reasonably priced, versatile steel frame.

    What to look for in a frame: First of all, you want to make sure it fits correctly. Find out your standover height and research "bicycle fitting" on the internet in order to determine what you need. If you are going to be using the bicycle for rides of up to 100 miles, you probably want to avoid something that's overly heavy (ie 1970's clunkers that *look* like a road bike...the ones with suicide levers), and you should consider a frame with the capacity to mount fenders and wide tires. As for your desire to put a flat bar on the bike, the frame will have no relevance in this decision.

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    I picked up this 1991 Trek Multitrack 750 recently. Lugged frame made in Waterloo with True Temper AVR tubing and braze-ons for racks. Oddly, it was the second example of the same bike within one week.
    Specs on the last page here:http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...rekCatalog.pdf
    Or you might try a rigid steel mtb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barturtle View Post
    Why not just by a hybrid with a steel frame, such as the Jamis Coda, KHS Urban Xpress or Urban Xtreme?
    I donít want to sound ignorant, but I am to a point when it comes to bike brands. How are the Jamis Coda? Jamis a reputable company?

    Jamis Coda Elite is only 25.5 LBS with Disc brakes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillJL View Post
    Depending on where you live, there may be a bicycle cooperative in your area that collects and sells old frames that can be rebuilt. Lugged or brazed touring and mountain bike frames from the 1980s and 1990s can be found inexpensively. Also, e-bay is a good place to find deals, and sometimes the deals are so good that it justifies the shipping prices. I'd also look on Craigslist. As far as reasonably priced new bicycles, Surly makes the best production steel bicycles on the market. The Surly Long Haul Trucker or Cross Check will fit your needs perfectly. Both are offered as bare frames for about $450, or fully-built bicycles for around $1000. Also the Velo-Orange Polyvalent is another reasonably priced, versatile steel frame.

    What to look for in a frame: First of all, you want to make sure it fits correctly. Find out your standover height and research "bicycle fitting" on the internet in order to determine what you need. If you are going to be using the bicycle for rides of up to 100 miles, you probably want to avoid something that's overly heavy (ie 1970's clunkers that *look* like a road bike...the ones with suicide levers), and you should consider a frame with the capacity to mount fenders and wide tires. As for your desire to put a flat bar on the bike, the frame will have no relevance in this decision.

    Good luck!
    Thank you, I was research Surly last night
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    Yes, Jamis makes nice bikes.....

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    check out the marin muirwoods 29er

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