's Forum Archives - Fixed Gear

Archive Home >> Fixed Gear

Will the sizing matter? !970's Matsushita Keirin Frame(3 posts)

Will the sizing matter? !970's Matsushita Keirin Framekiwisimon
Oct 11, 2003 6:45 AM
I have the chance to get at a very low price a 1970's Matsushita Keirin frame and component set. The dropouts are Shimano and the frame is lugged with chrome highlights. The parts are well abused but this frame looks sweet with potential to look REALLY sweeet. I ride 56 cm roadies and this frame is 54cm. I'm not looking at racing or being competitive on it rather just riding around town and using it as a go to work bike, about 6 miles round trip.
Is this inch going to be a big problem?
Can I, as I think I can, get away with a more upright postion from just riding on the tops? I'll re-spec all the components after a good restore of the frame cosmetics and can thus spec stem dimensions as I want. Appreciate any input from experienced fixed wheel riders as I have only freewheeled till now.( I can do really cool trackstands however if that means anything?)
Cheers Kiwisimon in Japan
According to the 40 spam emails I get everyday....desmo
Oct 11, 2003 8:46 AM
"size does matter". But actually a 54 track frame may be spot on for you. Track frames have a higher BB shell, therefore less standover than a similar sized road frame. Short top tubes are nice on fixies where you'll spend a lot of time in the drops, and you'll have a quill stem so it will be easy to adjust bar height. I'd grab it, sounds like a nice bike.
Yup-I like the fast bar height adjustment the quill stem offers.jtferraro
Oct 30, 2003 6:07 AM
Definitely faster and easier vs. my geared road bike, which has the newer design! Since this is my first (real) quilled stem bike I didn't even know how to adjust the bar height. When I found out, I couldn't believe how easy it was.