Bike sizing help

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by thestretch, Aug 7, 2004.

  1. thestretch

    thestretch New Member

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    I'm 6'4" with a 88cm inseam. I'm looking into purchasing a new frame however most formulas are telling me that a 59cm frame will fit me? Don't think so. I ride a 65cm frame right now that feels comfortable. Any suggestions?
     
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  2. boudreaux

    boudreaux New Member

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    Don't buy a 59. If what you have works why argue with it. Be aware, that all 65s aren't the same.
     
  3. dhk

    dhk New Member

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    If your current big frame feels comfortable, obvious answer is to keep close to those dimensions for your new one. If you like the saddle-to-handlebar drop, reach to the bars, and where your nose falls over the stem, no real reason to change.

    I'm surprised you have enough standover clearance on a 65 cm frame, since your inseam is "only" 88 cm. (I'm 6'0", with an 86 cm inseam and ride a 58 cm, C-T).

    Of course, a lot of the fit issue depends on what kind of riding you want to do. Are you looking for the most efficient aero position for racing, or comfort for all-day recreational rides and touring?

    Believe most fit "calculators" will try to put you in a race position, whether that's how you ride or not.

    Based on your inseam measurement, a 59 or 60 cm frame should give you enough leg extension, but more drop to the handlebars and a much shorter top tube. You'd probably feel like you were riding with your nose down and out over the handlebars. You'd be in a more aero riding position, and your back and neck may take a long time to get used to the new position.

    Just some random thoughts above. Only you can decide how much change you want to make, if any.
     
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