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if I can't try the bike, how do I know it fits?(2 posts)

if I can't try the bike, how do I know it fits?chahny
Mar 21, 2001 1:12 PM
I've been having a little trouble, here's how it goes. The LBS's have bikes in stock and I've tried a couple of them out. I'd like to try the size below/above the sizes that I've tried, but they aren't it stock and they'd need to be ordered. If they order them, I'd have to buy it. I don't want to buy it when i don't know if it fits. The argument is cyclical, essentially a catch 22. I've looked at frame geometry so I could try a lower model with the same/similar geometry but that's not always possible. Does anyone have any suggestions other than opening my own bike store?
another bike storeDog
Mar 21, 2001 1:27 PM
Any decent bike store should allow you to try the bike you are actually buying before sticking you with it, even if it's only on a trainer in the shop. If they won't allow you to try first, I'd go somewhere else.

Nonetheless, there may be another model from the same maker in the shop that has identical geometry in your size. That should be valid.