[CR] Largest Frame I've ever seen

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From: "Martin Walsh" <mowalsh@verizon.net>
To: CR List <ClassicRendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Sat, 9 May 2009 14:35:04 -0400
Cc: JIm Strang <jstrang@spokesetc.com>
Subject: [CR] Largest Frame I've ever seen

Hi Guys, While I was out stopping by one of my three local bicycle shops I happened across what I think is the largest custom steel road bicycle and frame I've ever seen. It was a custom Waterford steel frame made by Richard Schwinn and company. The bicycle was sitting on a rear hitch rack next to where I parked. I couldn't believe how large the head tube was. I thought it was a 650C wheeled time trial bicycle. The owner happened to be sitting in his vehicle,so I asked him what size wheels he had on the bicycle and they turned out to be 700C. I asked him if I could look at his frame and bicycle on the rear rack and take some measurements. It measured 68 CM on the seat tube center to center ! I got personal and asked him how tall he was........he calmly replied seven feet! A short time later in comes the owner of the Waterford and his bicycle into the front door of the bicycle shop wheeling in his bicycle. What shocked me was that the frame was a "COMPACT FRAME" design. It must equal out to at least a 29" or 30" frameset. It wasn't evident the way it was cradled on the rear bicycle carrier,when I measured it that it was the largest "compact design frame" made of steel I've ever seen. I'm wondering just how big this frame would've been if it had been built using "standard diamond frame design" or if that would've even been possible? Dale I think this truly falls under K.O.F. category. I'm glad I don't have to worry about owning such a large bicycle ! But I guess my collection would be a lot smaller if I did ride something on this "Grande" size scale of steel bicycles! P.S. The frame seen was at Spokes etc. bicycle shop in Vienna,Virginia one of the better if not the best road oriented shop in the entire Washington D.C. area,in my opinion!
Yours truly,
Marty Walsh
Vienna, Virginia, USA