Is this bike too big for me?

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by David De La Rosa, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. David De La Rosa

    David De La Rosa New Member

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    456FF27A-9F05-401E-9B81-8C7ED915B149.jpeg AE560BC7-FD0B-4A2C-91DA-868A8879F169.jpeg I’m 5’5 with a 28-30” inseam and the bike is a Raleigh Tourist 2018 in small size 52 700c tires. The top bar is all up in my crotch. The bike is nice but maybe too big? I’m used to BMX. It rides nice enough but getting in it is awkward. I can tip toe from the seat with the post all the way down.
     
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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

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    Your ability to reach the ground from the saddle is a near enough pointless feature of the bike.
    The primary purpose of a bike is to be ridden.
    For a bike like that, the majority of riding will happen with butt-on-saddle.
    For measuring purposes, your leg should be straight with butt on saddle, pelvis horizontal, and heel on pedal at lowermost position.
    (riding is generally done with pedal under ball of foot)

    It is very common to have to get off the saddle, or to lean the bike over to reach the ground while stopped.

    According to this:https://www.raleighusa.com/tourist
    you have the size Raleight think you should have.

    It's a general recommendation and a somewhat practical feature that you "should" have some clearance between your crotch and the top tube when straddling the bike.
    But it's far from required. People with shorter than average inseam measurements to their overall lengths have logged thousands of happy riding miles w/o being able to straddle their bikes flat-footed.

    So yeah, the bike looks big for you. But it's not obviously, function-impeding too big. And you like it otherwise.
    Your call.
    Should you decide to return it, consider looking for a bike with a smaller wheel size to get a proportionally lower frame.
     
  3. David De La Rosa

    David De La Rosa New Member

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    I really appreciate your advice. It’s a little awkward getting off and on. I feel like it would be up in my business at every stop.
     
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    Ì agree with the earlier poster. Perhaps if you pay attention to other people you'll see how they manage stops and you're confidence will go up.
     
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