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Just got a "new" '74 Ciocc frame for first fixie project!(7 posts)

Just got a "new" '74 Ciocc frame for first fixie project!MXL02
May 12, 2003 10:03 AM
Can't wait to get it...I've noticed that many of you use pretty short crank arms 165-170mm...is that pretty typical?
re: Just got a "new" '74 Ciocc frame for first fixie project!Dave Hickey
May 12, 2003 10:53 AM
Very nice looking. I run the same crank length as my road bikes. Shorter cranks are more for track because of cornering clearance.
Nice frame........bungalowbill
May 12, 2003 10:56 AM
that will make for a sweet fixed gear. Shorter crank arms are typical because they help you spin a lot faster. My old Schwinn happened to have 168's on it (all my other bikes are 175)so I decided to try them out. I loved them!I can spin them much smoother than the longer cranks.
I thought I might feel the reduction in leverage, but I never noticed any.Hope that helps.
Fine looking frame.dzrider
May 12, 2003 11:13 AM
My fixie came with 175's and I'm too cheap to replace them til the chain rings wear out. Toe overlap is more of an issue because you do have to keep pedaling when manoevering around in tight places, so if you have shorter cranks laying around or need to buy them anyway, I'd recommend them.
re: Just got a "new" '74 Ciocc frame for first fixie project!desmo
May 12, 2003 7:20 PM
nice frame, should be a sweet riding one. 165 arms are great for spinning, and the extra clearence is nice to have on the road too (especially with the lower BB of a road frame). it's such a tight little circle to spin, really fun to rev 'em out.
SweetB2
May 13, 2003 9:16 AM
Make sure you post some photos after its built.

Bryan
Mmmm, very nice!Tig
May 13, 2003 5:43 PM
That should be a perfect fixie. 170's should be plenty short enough. You can get an excellent spin from them without going down to 165's. It's all personal preference anyway.