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Road bike sizing(3 posts)

Road bike sizingMiggy
Jun 2, 2001 8:28 PM
Does anyone know of any links or what not that show the comparison between mtn and road bike sizing (i.e. 60cm = ?in frame)? I ride a 18 inch mtb and want to know what size road I should get. Thanks!
Skip the comparisonmike mcmahon
Jun 2, 2001 10:04 PM
Rather than trying to do road vs. mountain sizing, you probably should just stick with the tried and true criteria for fitting a mountain bike. Numerous web sites contain information on fitting a road bike. Among them are and Good luck.

How good of a road bike are you planning to get?Spoke Wrench
Jun 3, 2001 9:45 AM
I think that as your road bike budget goes up it makes increasing sense to par $50.00 or $75.00 for a professional fit. I think this is more true today than it has ever been in the past.

Frame designs aren't standard today. We have sloping top tube frames and standard frames and at least four different ways of measuring frame size.

Frames are more difficult to adapt to different sizes today. Threadless headsets offer much less flexability to position your handlebars than traditional quill stem bikes.

If you are planning to spend $1,500 or more for a new road bike, it looks to me like the wise course would be to spend $50 more to be sure you are getting the right size. Lots of people think nothing of spending hundreds more for better components to make their bike shift a little better, but you only shift about 1% of your riding time. Fit is with you every minute you are on the bike.