Smallest headtube I have ever seen.

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This is smaller than any 50cm old riad bike I have ever seen. The frame is a 50cm because the seat tube sticks out about 3/4 of an inch above the top tube.
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This Schwinn might be smaller than any of the other ones. The sign in the background says "Oh! a beautiful Cannondale - Grant"
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Another small Schwinn from the 30s.
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Small Miyata MTB.
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I've seen a good number of that era bikes with the top and down tubes just about touching at the head tube. I figured it was because, back then, the style wasn't to have sloping top tubes and the 27" wheels were rather large for short people, so the combination necessitated the look. Maybe that's why mixtes were more popular then. I love that design and I wish it was more popular today.

I'm glad I'm not over 6'. Every time I see those really tall head tube bikes, Entry of the Gladiators runs through my head and I think of those circus animals riding tall bikes with tiny wheels and then my brain chastises me for that unfinished novel about a wise-cracking clown with confabulation who ends up pulled into a criminal underworld, but I somehow lost 30 pages of writing and I've been too discouraged to get back to it. And, no brain, I can't just rewrite it and you know I've been working on the animal books that I want to finally get out this year!
 
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I am the opposite. I like the really tall vintage diamond frames. But I can see how some people think they would weird.
 
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I don't have any pictures but the 1980s Trek mountain bike that I had when I was 11 years old could be in this competition. I think it was a 48cm. I think it only fit me when I 1st got it when I was 10 years old and then I started growing more quickly when I was 11 and it got way too small.

Only picture that I have of it is this. I will try to find some more.
When I bought, it the previous owner set it up like this.
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I like knowing that Grant has been buying quality beat up diamond frames, then judging the previous owners for their setup choices, since he was 10.
The mechanic that built it sold 5 different bikes that were like this. I actually thought to set up was good it worked very well. It looked very ugly but it was very.
 
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is it a kids bike?
I usually see you show bikes with head tubes that make me think I would need a ladder to get on.
I'm gonna turn this bike into a single speed. All I pretty much need is a single speed free wheel to put on it. I've stripped it all down and it looks pretty good. Gonna have to get a picture tomorrow.
 
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If I can get my act together we might have similar but contrasting single speed builds going on, mine will be fixed gear, hopefully path racer style.
my Nishiki Olympic frame has a similar very small head tube. I think it’s a 53cm. It’s just been a bare frame since I got it, but now I have wheels and a crankset ready to go, and some cool bars should be on the way.
if it’s too small I’ll strip some parts and build it up for my son as a single speed if I can fit a coaster brake rear wheel.
 
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