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Looking for Ideas on Building a Comfort SS/FG

Old 06-06-15, 02:12 AM
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Looking for Ideas on Building a Comfort SS/FG

Ok so I'd like to build a comfort bike framed SS/Fixie or better put a SS/FG that I can ride relaxed in a heads up, upright position (Think comfort bike, beach cruiser kind of upright riding, actually even better, think bmx chillin' like you're 13 riding kind of bike

So what I'd like in the bike:

I would like it to be as light as possible while still being as comfortable as possible. In other words I want a comfortable upright riding position/geometry, with a comfortable seat (think comfort bike seat) and with a comfort focused stem/quill handle bar position/height but with light wheels maybe 32c tires? Thinking Cro-Moly frame-fork, at least Cro-Moly fork (if Aluminum frame) and at least mid level components.

Wheels I've found that look to be the best cost to weight ratio are Wabi's which are $225 for the set if I'm not mistaken (and weigh 410g)

I didn't mention this before but this isn't just my first SS/FG but my first bike since I was about 15. I'm 34 now, 5'8" 140lbs with I guess what you would call athletic build. but my body still aches so I would like to get out there but want to start with something comfortable and have narrowed it down to this ^ as what I want.

The main advice I need is ideas of which would be the best frame or complete bike to start with and if you have any other ideas they would be appreciated.



I was looking at the dawes street-fighter and dawes sst (cro-mo version) as where to begin. I also saw some 1990 something and later specialized crossroads bikes that had either cro-moly or aluminum frames with rigid forks that may do the job. I would have to wait for one to come up in my size though, which is 53-54cm.

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to be added to...

The thing that stands out about comfort bikes is there low seat and high handle bars. I wanted to be careful not to build a bike where I was just dropping the seat low and raising the handlebars high and at the same time putting stress on my knees. I want it to fit me.

Would it be best to get a bike or one of these bikes above (in my size which seems to be 54cm) and get as high a quill/stem as I can, put the seat as low as I comfortably can, (hopefully without hitting the seat tube)... OR... what about getting a 52cm (mostly cuz they have the color I want in that size) and being able to put the seat lower without hitting the seat tube (which aesthetically would like better) and justing getting the handle bars up as high as possible and I was thinking maybe I could get a setback seat post so I can lower the seat and still give my legs the proper distance from the pedals (if you know what I mean).

Any help would be MUCH appreciated. I'm sure I left something out. Any comments would be appreciated as well.

Thanks

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Old 06-06-15, 03:02 AM
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I think that the geometry is different than a comfort bikes...they aren't intended to be ridden that way. And, comfort seats are worse in the long run then you'd think! You also can't really lower or raise the seat like that without running into knee problems. This is why I have to 'hop' onto my own bikes.

Why not just get one of these and pull the fenders? It's single speed but built to be comfortable. The swept back bars really help with the comfortableness. As does getting a set with a lot of rise in them.

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Old 06-06-15, 06:54 AM
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Wow quick response.. You got me thinking

Researched more and this is what I found.
Check these out:

Giant Via:
Via 3 (2015) (2014) | Giant Bicycles | United States

Electra Ticina Lux:
http://bikebloggerberlin.files.wordp...83_0_klein.jpg

Is the bikes direct bike that you suggested above a road bike frame? Or is there maybe something more to the Geo that I can't see?
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Originally Posted by lineinasong View Post

Giant Via:


Is the bikes direct bike that you suggested above a road bike frame?

Be aware that the Bikes Direct bike suggested above has a only a coaster brake, kinda like a beach cruiser.
I have one of those frames (except with and gears) and I like it and yes it has slack road bike geometry.


Also that twin top tube on the Giant Via is cool.
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Hello?..... is that you Robin?

Remember, the biggest frame that you can fit on will give you the highest handlebar position, while maintaining proper leg extension. Unless you want lots of ugly spacers and super angle stem.

I like old steel junkers. You can get the whole bike on CL for next to nothing and then build it to suit your budget. They look the way you like, and fit the way you want.

These are heavy as hell, but ride comfortably.

+1 on staying away from the huge Jello saddles.





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What kind of handlebars are those? I keep thinking they're flopped bullhorns.
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What kind of handlebars are those? I keep thinking they're flopped bullhorns.
Those are Husky Bicycles model #351-200 .

I like them because the bend suits my wrist angle, riding position, and they come too long and wide, so I cut them to my preferred reach for each bike. Adjusting reach on those old Schwinns can't be achieved by stem swapping because there is no selection.

Pretty damn stiff, they cancel vibration very well, and they are $10.80.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Those are Husky Bicycles model #351-200 .

I like them because the bend suits my wrist angle, riding position, and they come too long and wide, so I cut them to my preferred reach for each bike. Adjusting reach on those old Schwinns can't be achieved by stem swapping because there is no selection.

Pretty damn stiff, they cancel vibration very well, and they are $10.80.
Wow that's pretty cheap.

Ideal candidates for DIY bullhorns for those with a mandrel or pipe bender laying around
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