When I say I’m new to the scene I have been riding bikes since I’ve been walking and owned more then my fair share of BMX’s as a kid and more recently racers and MTB’s.
After coming back from 9 months OS and needing to loose the extra kg’s I decided to get back on a bike, though wanted something different. After browsing various websites I stumbled accross the charge bikes website and immediately fell in love with the concept of owning a ‘fixie’.
Rather then taking the easy route and buying something straight off the shelf (tell me if I should just buy one off the shelf as its my first one), I have decided to build my own.
This raises multiple issues though I figure its the best way learn. First question I would appreciate assistance on is as I’m 6’2" or 191cms what size frame would you recommend ?
Depends what you want in a bike. Off the shelf will be cheaper, faster and easier than building something yourself. Building a bike yourself takes time, money and knowledge (or the willingness to spend time reading and learning).
I dont think charge makes a very big large sized frame. Open your options up abit more champ. Trawl through sum threads. and yes go read sheldon brown until your content.
No intention of getting a Charge bike or frame, the Charge site simply opened my eyes to a new form of ‘bike love’. Since then I have been trawling the web every spare moment I get and have discovered many viable options.
I am considering buying something initially so I can get involved now and then having another as a project. Can you recommend any ruputable distributors in the Melbourne area ?
I was in a similar position as you about six months ago and went with the ‘off-the-shelf’ option, which I am very happy with, (plus I have no room at my shoebox for spare parts, tools, bike stands, etc.)
was pretty accurate when I measured myself, as a bike-fit size sort of thing.
Noone can definitively say what you’ll feel the most comfortable on, or the way you’ll feel the most comfortable riding… I guess all these things do is give you a ball-park figure to work with to be comfortable, and you fiddle around with things like saddles, handlebars etc from there.