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Jschwa

On Training Wheels
Nov 11, 2018
4
3
46
Salt Lake City, Utah
#1
I am looking to build up my first klunker, i work at a bike collective and see a lot of bikes and parts roll through. Any suggestions for a good starting frame? Oh yeah, forgot, I am 6'5" 260 and need a sturdy and perhaps taller frame with a good reach. Tnks
 

Pauliemon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 22, 2009
261
299
Sacramento, California
#2
A lot of companies like Schwinn make 2 frame sizes, 18" and 20". I'm 5'11" and like riding the larger frames. Early Mead frames can be taller then 20". I'm sure there are others that someone with expertise can tell you about. Good news is the larger frames aren't as popular as the smaller frames which means less $$$$. Good luck with your project.
 
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hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
3,729
5,129
Fairborn, Ohio
#5
@Jschwa ... Welcome to the CABE.

Not suggesting you build the one size
of Miami frame that is never cataloged ....
but here is the 26-inch Miami Savage
motorbike. These frames may have been
a special-order item. Savage was a private
label build .. similar to Mumford and Sons
Hardware.

A tribute-frame is do-able.

Standard Miami motorbike sizes are 20'' --
22'' and 24''.


..... patric

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ETHERNET GRAB ^^^^
 
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SKPC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 2, 2018
501
2,178
61
Utah - United States
#7
You could look for any prewar/postwar ballooner frames (that catches your eye) and outfit it with the correct parts mix in order to fit you. While not ideal, it can be done with 1.) long seat-post and 2.) different stem setup. "Klunker" to me prompts an image of a broken down, heavy beater squeaking and wiggling sideways down the road losing parts as it goes. You may not want your bike to ride this way!? I suggest you watch for a more-common, heavy duty 26"-wheeled frame and fork with no damage or repairs and go from there. @Autocycleplane has many examples of fitting his frames to ride properly and sets a great example of how to do it.
 

irideiam

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 27, 2010
495
103
El Lago, TX 77586, USA
#8
Worksman M2600 frame, it's the larger size frame that Worksmans make. It would make a nice larger size klunker. Classic look, larger size, USA made lugged frame, Industrial strength, steel.
Here's my M2600, I'm 6'3"....

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Jschwa

On Training Wheels
Nov 11, 2018
4
3
46
Salt Lake City, Utah
#10

Trout

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 30, 2017
60
42
58
Washington State, USA
#12
Thx for the suggestion, I found ratrods frames for sale, just frame and fork, do you have any thoughts about those, made in usa says worksman industrial frame. Im looking for a cool project for the next few months while its cold and dark.
I have a couple Industrial News Boy frames, it's not the large size. At 6'5" you might be crowded. If you like the look of the Worksman INB then check out the Sportsman Flyer frame, it's the same as the INB but stretched several inches and a loop bottom tube (unfortunately for you it's still same height). Definitely not good klunker ground clearance with that looped frame but it sure has the look, and the couple inches of stretch might fit better. $369 frame, might as well get the whole bike, standard model $499. The wheels and spokes that come on that baby can handle your 260 lbs no problem. Just another option. In the end, I would just call/email Worksman and price a M2600 frame or no frills M2600 bike.
 

sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,408
382
San Antonio, United States
#13
At your size I'd look for a Cro-Mo tubed Contintal in the 24" frame size. front fork can be swapped out and rear reset for larger tires Earlier Steel framed MB are robust and can be built up using 29s but might require modifying the frame.
 

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