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Frame size question(5 posts)

Frame size questionTim1
May 10, 2001 7:10 AM
I posted a message yesterday about a bike that was given to me. My question deals with the frame size. The frame size is 58 cm, which is a little big, but not so much that it is uncomfortable. The only other road bike I have been on was a either a 55 or 56 cm frame which fit really well. I have been wanting to get a road bike for a while but didn't spend a lot of money until I was sure I would use it enough (most of my time is spent on a mountain bike). My question is will this bike work for me or will I end up hating the bike since it is a little big and turn me off from road riding? Thanks for any help anyone can give me.
Depends...PsyDoc
May 10, 2001 9:15 AM
If the bike is not uncomfortable, then I do not see why it would turn you off from cycling. I do know of a couple of guys who bought a frame size larger, because they were worried they would not be able to get the handlebars at the correct height with the smaller frame. They said that if the bike had a quill stem they would have went with the smaller frame. After a few weeks, these guys are happy as can be with their bikes and they have been on a couple of 50+ mile rides with no discomfort. FWIW
Depends...Tim1
May 10, 2001 9:46 AM
Thanks for the help. The bike feels good while on it, my only concern is the lack of clearance between the top tube and me, there is very little.
top tube clearancesimstress
May 10, 2001 10:49 AM
As long as you can straddle the bike and not damage your bits, you'll be okay. You don't need as much clearance on a road bike as an MTB. Ride it and enjoy!
Not a problem...PsyDoc
May 10, 2001 12:59 PM
There should not be a lot of clearance between the top tube and you. Many people believe that 2-3cm is fine. Keep in mind that when you feel the toptube on "you" that there is probably 1-2cm until the top tube would hit the pubic bone. For example, my inseam is 84.50cm and the standover height of my bike is 80.10, which gives me about 1 3/4 inches of clearance. But, I have more clearance when I'm in my cycling shoes.