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Bicycle Frames Modern Mom 14/11/12(Wed)16:00 No. 2443 ID: fbfe7f

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I'm looking to build myself a "cheap" bike that will replace my truck for all but long drives and when something big needs to be moved. I'm self building because quality bicycles are expensive, most new bicycles don't meet my requirements, and there are a ton of old frames that do satisfy most if not all of my requirements.

I'm about 5' 8.5" with a 30-31"-ish inseam. According to most online frame size calculators for a road bike I should be looking in the 52-54cm range and for a MTB I should be in the 17-18" range.
If I want to purchase a vintage mountain bike frame that does NOT have the downward/upward (depending on POV) sloping top tube which size should I use as a guide?
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Modern Mom 14/11/12(Wed)16:04 No. 2444 ID: fbfe7f

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also related

It is the other frame I'm looking at on ebay. One bike (this one) is 20" and the other is 17.5"

Modern Mom 14/11/26(Wed)23:02 No. 2476 ID: 348faf

it's a lot cheaper to just buy a used bike

Modern Mom 17/05/05(Fri)12:09 No. 3003 ID: 21de63


Modern Mom 17/06/29(Thu)07:21 No. 3037 ID: 157c6b

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Normal frame

Modern Mom 17/07/03(Mon)06:27 No. 3039 ID: 87f732

Is there any practical way to purchase a bicycle piece by piece in this manner?

I've never seen individual frame pieces for sale anywhere.

Modern Mom 17/07/03(Mon)06:29 No. 3040 ID: 87f732

If the 20" fits your height, always go for the tallest frame that you fit.

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