Budget Tourer with Big Frame - advice sought



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Alex

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Hi

I saw another recent post here from Tex about budget tourers. I was
thinking of adding to that thread as I'm in a similar position: I'm
looking for a budget tourer (maximum £400) just for short urban trips
with panniers and hopefully some longer holidays.

I'm 6'4" and I'm finding it impossible to find cheap tourers with big
frames. I love my current bike - a 66cm frame Orbit Ambassador - it's on
it's last legs and I've been told that it's not worth repairing. I've
had 20 years good use out of it, but I'm having trouble finding cheap
tourers with 63cm frames let alone 66cm. Ideally I'd like a frame >66cm
but that seems unlikely...

Any advice appreciated!

thanks

Alex

ps please reply to the list - don't email me as your email will
disappear away into the ether.
 
"Alex" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Hi
>
> I saw another recent post here from Tex about budget tourers. I was
> thinking of adding to that thread as I'm in a similar position: I'm
> looking for a budget tourer (maximum £400) just for short urban trips with
> panniers and hopefully some longer holidays.
>
> I'm 6'4" and I'm finding it impossible to find cheap tourers with big
> frames. I love my current bike - a 66cm frame Orbit Ambassador - it's on
> it's last legs and I've been told that it's not worth repairing. I've had
> 20 years good use out of it, but I'm having trouble finding cheap tourers
> with 63cm frames let alone 66cm. Ideally I'd like a frame >66cm but that
> seems unlikely...
>
> Any advice appreciated!
>
> thanks
>
> Alex
>
> ps please reply to the list - don't email me as your email will disappear
> away into the ether.


Hi Alex,
my thread has also moved onto frame size, now that I,ve decided
on which bike to get.
Although my question is which size would be good for me, rather than not
being able to find
the right size in stock (I,m "only" 5'7).

Texy
 
in message <[email protected]>, Alex
('[email protected]') wrote:

> I saw another recent post here from Tex about budget tourers. I was
> thinking of adding to that thread as I'm in a similar position: I'm
> looking for a budget tourer (maximum £400) just for short urban trips
> with panniers and hopefully some longer holidays.
>
> I'm 6'4" and I'm finding it impossible to find cheap tourers with big
> frames. I love my current bike - a 66cm frame Orbit Ambassador - it's
> on it's last legs and I've been told that it's not worth repairing.
> I've had 20 years good use out of it, but I'm having trouble finding
> cheap tourers with 63cm frames let alone 66cm. Ideally I'd like a frame
> >66cm but that seems unlikely...


Frame geometry has changed. Thirty years ago I had a bike hand built for
me with a 26.5" (67cm) frame. It fitted me perfectly. Now I ride a road
bike (horizontal top tube) with a 60cm frame, and have a mountain bike
with an 18" (45cm) frame, both of which fit me perfectly. What's changed
is the expectation about how much exposed seatpost you will have, and
how long the stem will be. Just fifteen years ago, 10cm stem was long;
now 12-15cm is normal.

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That's very good news for me - many thanks.

cheers

Alex

Simon Brooke wrote:
>
> Frame geometry has changed. Thirty years ago I had a bike hand built for
> me with a 26.5" (67cm) frame. It fitted me perfectly. Now I ride a road
> bike (horizontal top tube) with a 60cm frame, and have a mountain bike
> with an 18" (45cm) frame, both of which fit me perfectly. What's changed
> is the expectation about how much exposed seatpost you will have, and
> how long the stem will be. Just fifteen years ago, 10cm stem was long;
> now 12-15cm is normal.
>