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Made impulsive purchase -- tell me it's not so bad. heh.(6 posts)

Made impulsive purchase -- tell me it's not so bad. heh.Joe B.
May 14, 2001 12:14 AM
Hi all.

I'm new here, but I imagine you'll be seeing me around... I've lurked a bit, and you seem like a good crowd.

Long story short, I haven't owned a roadbike in about 10 years (since I was a teenager), and in the past year have decided I'd like to have a *decent* roadbike again. I had planned to try and spend ~700-1000 at the end of the summer, but I got fairly excited thinking about commuting and summer evening road rides, and, having nowhere near that amount to spend right now, I picked up a 58cm KHS Flite 300 (y2k leftover) for $369. Based on what I read here and elsewhere, I think I got a good value.

I don't generally do mailorder, but I did in this case, as I wasn't going to be able to get anything for some time otherwise, and because I was suffering a very strong case of new-bike-itis. Having recently straddled a 58cm Bianchi Campione (Just went to the Bianchi site and it doesn't list a 58cm Campione available. hmmm... that's what it was tagged as at the LBS) which felt about right using crotch clearance as a guide, I felt confident that this would be a decent fit.

Now, using the .667 x inseam rule (which I just learned about reading posts here), it would seem that I need somewhere between a 59 and 60. (88.9 to 90.2 inseam depending on who is measuring.)

I don't need the fit to be PERFECT. (No offense intended with the following statement heh) Mountainbiking has been my thing for most of the past 15 years, and should be for the forseeable future, and I have no racing aspirations. I just want some variety in my rides, and something I can commute with without having to change tires, fork setup, etc as I would with my mountainbike.

KHS specifically says on their site that they measure c to top of seat tube, while Bianchi only says c to top on theirs. In my mind, this could mean top of seat tube or top of top tube, possibly meaning that the 58cm KHS will be significantly smaller than a 58 cm Bianchi, compounding the possible undersizing problem.

How much leeway do I have in my ability to compensate for this with stem/saddle/handlebar adjustments? I've known people who have ridden ridiculously small looking mountainbike frames (I always tend to stay larger, possibly because I started on the road.) to suit their riding style, but it's been my impression that there's not quite as much flexibility to roadbike sizing.

I'd rather be anxiously awaiting my new bike than wondering if I should be kicking myself for blowing $$ that I didn't really have on a severly undersized bicycle. Reassurance, or stories of happiness on undersized bikes, would be welcome!! (Or the cold harsh hand of reality, if that is necessary.)

Thanks for any input. It's possible that I'm just way overcomplicating this.

re: Made impulsive purchase -- tell me it's not so bad. heh.Jz
May 14, 2001 1:48 AM
Of course mailorder can be risky if you don't have an exact fit for the bike you are purchasing, but admittedly $369 is pretty cheap for a road bike. My opinion is that A. better a little small than a little big in most cases B. there are a lot of things considering size that, if you haven't ridden much, you won't really have an opinion on. That being said, after you get on the bike and put some miles in you will start to notice little things you would like to be different (stem length, seat placement, etc etc). You can take these things and adjust them on your current bike, but you can also take them and use them as a guide to getting 'exactly' what you want for your next purchase. Of course, if the bike is just completely the wrong size that will be a problem, but I think if it is in the ballpark you will be ok.
re: Made impulsive purchase -- tell me it's not so bad. heh.MrCello
May 14, 2001 8:54 AM
It's not so bad!
re: Made impulsive purchase -- tell me it's not so bad. heh.Len J
May 14, 2001 9:02 AM
The worst thing that can happen is that you bought a bike too small. If that's the case, sell it and get a good fit, but ride.

Who knows, maybe it will fit. I would check out fit guides on the web to tell how to size properly (once you get the bike) and then figure out what (if any) changes are required to fit it properly (stem, seatpost etc) Price these out & decide if another bike makes sense or not.

It really isn't worth beating yourself up about. If nothing else you will be forced to learn what a good fit is and how to determine it.

Good luck.
re: Made impulsive purchase -- tell me it's not so bad. heh.GregJ
May 14, 2001 11:47 AM
I tend to think the bike will be on the small side for you, but probably not ridiculously small. The biggest problem you will likely face is getting the bars high enough relative to the saddle. If the stem is quill you can raise it to it's maximum, if it is threadless you may need to get a stem with more rise or maybe you could flip it over to get more rise. FWIW I have an inseam very close to yours and I am on a 58 c-c Pinarello and it comes out to 61 c-t. The Colorado Cyclist guide states that riders 6' and over may want to subtract 27-28 cm from their inseam rather than use the .67 method, I do agree with this and this would certainly indicate a larger size for you. It is way better to error around sizing with a 369 dollar bike than a 3690 dollar bike, if it really doesn't work for you it should be easy to sell for about what you paid I would think. You may also be able to return it or swap it for the next larger size, it is certainly worth looking into. Don't worry too much.
Thanks all!Joe B.
May 14, 2001 10:36 PM
Thanks for the reassurance. I'll see what I can do with stem and handlebar adjustments... perhaps it will be little or no problem.

(I could swear I posted this earlier. hmmm.)