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Jschwa

On Training Wheels
Nov 11, 2018
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Im 6'5" looking to build up a klunker, any suggestions on frames sturdy or tall enough to deal with my size?
thnks
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
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Western North carolina
#2
Probably your best bet with Schwinns is the tall Varsity frames, I think they're 24"seat tube. There's also a King Size American model w/a cantilever frame, but it was only made a couple years and hard to find.
 

GTs58

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
#3
I know of only one person that is that tall and she collects and rides the old large diamond frame Schwinn lightweights. Not sure if that's your cup of tea but there are some very tall lightweight frames.
 
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fattyre

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 22, 2014
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Chicagoland
#4
tall enough to deal with my size

That depends on how much leg extension you want and your inseam length.

King size middleweight frames are bigger, but not by much. Not nearly enough to make a difference for someone your height.

Tall frame 20 inch pre war are the biggest I've found, but barley big enough.

I have a 36 inseam and ideally like having the right seat height. I can get good leg extension with 20 inch pre war frame &18 inch long seat post. But then the handle bars are still pretty low unless you start to play around with taller rise bars. Long stems will only put the bars even closer so be mindful of that.

As far as strength you cant go wrong with most any of these vintage bikes, they are so over built you could probably melt one frame down and make two that would be plenty strong.

Unless you start searching out early 80's MTB's & newer, vintage ballon bikes are hard to fit to taller people and end up looking kinda silly when
set up for tall people.
 

Sven

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 24, 2017
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#5
I believe starting in 1972 , Schwinn lightweight frames came in a 26" frame
 

Cooper S.

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 28, 2016
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New Lenox Illinois
#6
I’m 6’4 and I ride my regular frames just fine. Get some stingray seat posts and y’all handlebars. Although my tall frame ranger fits like a glove.
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KingSized HD

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 23, 2013
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Herndon, CA, United States
#7
Here’s a thread that may help: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/bikes-for-tall-people.41306/#post-231246
@fordmike65 is tall and has a prewar Iver Johnson 22” frame he fits well.

Here’s another thread that may help: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/largest-ballooner.133735/

Since you’re in the Schwinn forum though I’d suggest maybe a Tall Mead if you’re building a klunker, it has the look. 22” seatpost. But please don’t weld on/cut up a nice original bike, just a roached out project.
https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/34-schwinn-built-tall-mead-ranger-ballooner.49564/
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This may be heresy here but I’ll throw it out anyway; maybe use a modern 29” Schwinn Gammon frame. It may not be solid enough for a real bomber run but you’re changing out all the other parts anyway so probably ok for general riding. The tough part would be finding a blade style fork for a 29” frame if you want to ditch the unicrown.
 
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