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Picked up my new bike yesterday and...Lizard
May 10, 2001 10:03 AM
I am wondering if it's too big. Some of you who offered advice to me in earlier posts must be be thinking "uh, oh!" Believe me! Before actually purchasing it, I did as much proper sizing research as possible on the web. Based on the couple of formulas suggested, I thought I needed a 49" bike. Since there wasn't a 49" frame in the actual model I was considering, the guys at the shop had me sit on a similar 49" frame to help with sizing. It took five long weeks to finally get the bike, and now that I've gotten it home and tried it out, I'm wondering if I've made a $1300.00+ mistake. Is it right that I can't touch the ground with even my toes when I am on the saddle? In order to get off the bike, I have to unclip quickly and then move forward (off the saddle) and then downward to safely lower one foot to the ground. If I don't do this, I end up unclipping and then actually jumping off the saddle to one side. Seems to me this could be dangerous in traffic. The seat position is right, considering proper leg extension, etc. I'm embarrassed to ask... Is it just something that all newbies have to get used to? If so, I'll stick with it. If not, "d'oh!" Please help!
Don't panicmuncher
May 10, 2001 10:09 AM
This is not a cause for alarm. If your leg extension is correct (from saddle to pedal) then the only thing that determines your height from the ground is the height of your bottom bracket. That is not a changable option (Ok, they vary a teeny bit make to make, but not for practical purposes).

I can't anywhere near touch the ground when on the saddle, but the bike fits - it's just a function of having correct saddle height - if you could touch the ground, unless your bottom bracket was almost on the floor, you would be sitting too cramped!

Weird I know, but you'll get the hang in no time - enjoy!
re: Picked up my new bike yesterday and...JamesT.Kirk
May 10, 2001 10:11 AM
I think you're OK. I can't touch the ground with my butt still in the saddle, I've never been able to. My bike fits perfectly too. You're using the right technique I think, although I don't have to "JUMP" off the saddle at a light..
re: Picked up my new bike yesterday and...John Frank
May 10, 2001 10:12 AM
I've got to get out of the saddle to put my feet on the ground when I'm on my bike. I can't imagine the bike being set up properly and not having to do that.

I usually just unclip my left foot as I approach a stop, step up off the saddle on my right leg, and put my left foot on the ground.

Starting up can be a little tricky in that you have to clip in the left foot while moving and paying attention to traffic, etc.
re: Picked up my new bike yesterday and...simstress
May 10, 2001 10:30 AM
Congratulations on getting your new bike. I forget... what did you decide to buy?

It sounds like you are dismounting properly. You will soon be able to do it without much thought. While you're learning, try to unclip before you come to a stop so you're not scrambling.

If you have any questions about fit and use of the bike, don't hesitate to ask your shop. Have them adjust things for you as needed.

You're not friends with Kristin, are you? Just kidding. ;-)

Enjoy your bike.
re: Picked up my new bike yesterday and...Lizard
May 10, 2001 12:25 PM
Thanks, again. I feel so much better having read everybody's responses. My goal is to keep practicing as you suggest. I'm hoping to soon ride out to my parents' place -- only about 15 miles away, but a good ride. I took my hybrid out the same route last year with no problem, and my parents, brothers, sisters, and my kids were astounded that this old girl could accomplish such a feat! That's kind of what got my husband to thinking about getting the Bianchi (Veloce) for my 40th. Now that you've reassured me re: size, I'm really he did!
One question...Underdog
May 10, 2001 11:23 AM
How high is your seat post raised? If you have the seat post as low as it can go and your still having problems getting your toes down then you have a problem. However if you have the post raised six or seven inches then your fine.
One question...Lizard
May 10, 2001 12:33 PM
Thanks for the response! The post is raised about 6 inches. When it's down as low as it can go, I can *just* touch my toes to the floor. From what everybody's written (You guys are great), I take it I'm ok. Can't wait to get out on it again!
hang on, you can "just" touch the floor?climbo
May 10, 2001 12:37 PM
with the saddle down all the way? How about this, if you stand over the bike, off the seat, with your feet flat on the floor, does your crotch hit the top tube?
hang on, you can "just" touch the floor?Lizard
May 10, 2001 5:23 PM
Now that I've been out on the bike a bit more, I think it's ok. When I straddle the top tube I have an inch (give or take a little) between myself and the bike. This is all so new to me, so thanks for the help. Next time I buy a bike (hope this one lasts and lasts, though), I'll actually know exactly what to look for.