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will a 57cm bike fit a 29.5 inch inseam rider?(12 posts)

will a 57cm bike fit a 29.5 inch inseam rider?Dude-man
Apr 1, 2001 8:00 AM
Im thinking about buying a bike off the marketplace but I am new to road biking so I don't know if it will fit me or not. I think my inseam is 29.5 inches, I'm between 5'9 and 5'10 and I'm 17. Thanks!!
re: will a 57cm bike fit a 29.5 inch inseam rider?Alot of variables here
Apr 1, 2001 8:28 AM
How is the bike measured? Is it 57 cm center to top or center to center.
Is it normal tubes or fat tubes?
Is the top tube parallel or sloping?

To measure your inseam stand up against the wall in your socks or bare feet. Then place a book in you crotch. Measure the distance between the top of the book and the floor. That will be your inseam measure.

I would recommend that you go to an LBS and get fitted properly. There no point in saving some money on a bike that does not fit you. Learn from others mistakes (ie me). I bought my first good road bike sight unseen and it end up being to big for me. Sold it after a year. Once you get a good feel for what fits you then go for the online deals.

Just for comparison.

Height - 5'9"
Inseam - Around 32 inches
Bike size - 54 cm c to c with a parallel top tube.

However I'm getting a new aluminum bike with a sloping top tube that is 50 cm center to center.

As you see it not so simple as it might appear.
re: will a 57cm bike fit a 29.5 inch inseam rider?simstress
Apr 1, 2001 8:50 AM
Short answer: Probably not. My inseam is 30 inches, and I don't ride anything over 50cm generally.

Do a little more reading on bike fit. Try Sheldon Brown and Colorado Cyclist for articles on it. Good luck.
My inseam is 29.5" toojohnrossi808
Apr 1, 2001 11:18 AM
I have two bikes. One is 48.5cm and the other 50cm.
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re: will a 57cm bike fit a 29.5 inch inseam rider?JohnG
Apr 1, 2001 3:53 PM
Sounds like your inseam measurement is wrong..... unless you have a very unusual torso/leg ratio. If you're 5'10 you will probably fit a 55-57 cm CT frame....?? with the caveat that you do need to get "fit" by a GOOD shop to find out for sure.

Also, at 17 you may still have a little growth left, so you might want to size the frame just a tiny bit on the large size..... no more than +1cm though.

good rides JohnG
Try these bike sizing calculatorsKerry Irons
Apr 1, 2001 4:29 PM
I re-measured my inseam and its 32.5..should the 57 fit??nmDude-man
Apr 1, 2001 5:03 PM
I re-measured my inseam and its 32.5..should the 57 fit??nmDrD
Apr 2, 2001 3:29 AM
Maybe - I am thinking it sounds a bit big, though - you also don't mention if the bike is measured c-c or c-t - if it's the latter, for a Litespeed Classic as an example, you would have less than 1.5 cm crotch clearance (not enough if you ask me...emergency dismounts could be painful) if the frame is measured c-c, then you probably won't be able to straddle the top tube (so in that case, no, the bike won't fit you). There's much more to it than crotch clearance, though - if you are all legs, with a short torso, the bike will almost certainly have too long a top-tube, etc... in any event, a bunch of sites have been mentioned for fit, and are worth checking out - keep in mind that even those can only really provide a general guideline (in other words, they may tell you what someone else considers to be the ideal size for you, but they won't tell you if you are going to be comfortable on them)
Don't strain yourself!Kerry Irons
Apr 2, 2001 5:32 PM
Just too much work to actually study the issue and figure it out using the sizing calculators? Since you don't seem to know your inseam (just exactly how could your first measurement be off by 3 inches?!) and you won't take even a few minutes to run the numbers, perhaps we should conclude that you're not to serious about this topic?