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What is my best option for a very large Bike, and wheels, wide bars, seat etc...?

Old 09-14-11, 08:38 PM
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What is my best option for a very large Bike, and wheels, wide bars, seat etc...?

I have been riding bikes for years but never more than 1/2-1 hr at a time and only for recreation with my wife or the Kids. I am seriously considering Getting on a road bike as a means of exercise, recreation etc. I have my 1983 Panosonic 12 speed 68 CM Road Bike/ "Hand Welded Frame that is supposed to be a great frame?" "Steel of course"


My question is am i better off Squeezing myself onto a TREK 1.5 64 CM which i have been told is not a true 64CM or look for another Brand?

"Any recomendations would be great for an off the shelf 64CM or Larger Bike as I am 6'8, 290lbs and require a slightly larger Bicycle than the average person"

Or do I rebuild from the ground up my old Steel Frame?
(Add New Carbon Forks, Bars, Cranks,Brakes, New Wheels Etc)

I have been Quoted a minimum of 3-4k minimum for a custom Frame and Bike from a Few LBS/ Which is too Much $$ right now; although if this is something I see doing for the rest of my life, a custom frame and bike could be a wise choice sometime in the future.

Any suggestions, Personal Experience, Recomendations would be great.

I imagine the cost to be $700++ to rebuild this bike, buying some used and some new parts etc.
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Old 09-14-11, 08:47 PM
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Soma ES goes up to 66cm: https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/es

And there is this if it actually shipping: https://www.khsbicycles.com/05_flite_747_11.htm
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Old 09-15-11, 12:25 AM
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Me personally, I'd go with refurbishing the Panasonic. I'm a vintage nut though and have a Gazelle Champion Mondial that is lush. If it's hand built with Columbus or Reynolds tubing, she's worth the rebuild.

You can sometimes get Campy groupsets for a good deal. You just have to look around. I'm fond of Suntour Superbe Pro though. It's cheaper and often just as nice if you want to keep the vintage look. If not, you can keep an eye out on the new Rene Herse coming out soon: https://janheine.wordpress.com/2011/0...-herse-cranks/

I'm saving up my pennies for a Herse triple. While I know I could get a nice Shimano DuraAce set up, I feel they have no style. The Herse crank totally makes me drool in a way Shimano never can.
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Originally Posted by Maxwell1969 View Post
I have been Quoted a minimum of 3-4k minimum for a custom Frame and Bike from a Few LBS/ Which is too Much $$ right now; although if this is something I see doing for the rest of my life, a custom frame and bike could be a wise choice sometime in the future.
For this statement more than anything else, I would recommend re-furbing the old bike. 3-4K is a lot of money under the best of circumstances. Especially the way things are now. But if you sink it into something that you may possibly not even stick with long term, it's a TON of money to waste.

IMHO, fixing up the old bike and riding it would be the way to go. If at some point, the addiction really takes hold, you can more easily justify the much higher expense of a new ride.
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Old 09-15-11, 05:09 AM
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Fix up what you have. I just upgraded my 66cm 89 Panasonic and have barely over $1000 in it using a mix of new Tiagra level parts and vintage higher end parts. It came out far better than I expected and it still rides like it used to, just more user friendly. The only thing original to this bike now is the frame and stem. Since the photo was taken I added a set of Tektro nutted 539 brakes.

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Old 09-15-11, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by skinnysanta View Post
Fix up what you have. I just upgraded my 66cm 89 Panasonic and have barely over $1000 in it using a mix of new Tiagra level parts and vintage higher end parts. It came out far better than I expected and it still rides like it used to, just more user friendly. The only thing original to this bike now is the frame and stem. Since the photo was taken I added a set of Tektro nutted 539 brakes.

I agree 200% since you already know that your frame is the correct size for you and of a well proven steel that will only ride better with upgrades.

New bikes are nice but when you upgrade a well proven bike you really do get a "custom built just for you" bike. Ya can't buy that kinda bike off the shelf anywhere.
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If your current bike is well made and a great fit that is exactly what you will get from a custom builder... vintage steel frames and forks built up with modern components make for some beautiful and functional bicycles.
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a custom frame can be had for a lot less than that, you just have to look around a bit. But i agree with others, you still don't even really know how much riding you are going to do so just modernize your existing frame. a 130mm spaced rear wheel can be gently forced into place or you can have the frame coldset to 130mm. that is really the only major thing you need to do. then just buy a modern groupset and go to town. I would suggest going to www.bikesdirect.com and buying an entire bike there and take the parts off of it. you will get all the parts you need as well as a modern set of wheels and then you can sell that frame and fork to recoup a little bit

this would be a good option for $750
https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/fens_xi.htm
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