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Between sizing question(7 posts)

Between sizing questionmtnhigh
Jun 14, 2001 11:08 AM
I'm buying a new bike and it seems that my body measuements throw me between sizes on the bikes I'm interestd in. I've ridden the slightly big and slightly small and both seem to work well. Of course stems could be made a little longer or shorter depending on which size I choose so I'm thinking either will be fine. Any fine point opinions on the pros/cons of going either way? thanks in advance!
Jun 14, 2001 11:22 AM
i find the larger one ends up becoming a boat..i find myself going smaller yearly..deffinately smaller rather than larger
Between SizesPsyDoc
Jun 14, 2001 11:26 AM
If they both work well, then I would suggest going with the smaller size bike. That said, what sizes are we talking about? If the size choice is between a 54cm and a 56cm, then I might suggest the 56cm depending on your body and inseam size. You stated that they both seem to work well. What exactly do you mean by that? Did you take both bikes on a 7-10 mile ride or a parking lot ride? They both may seem fine on a short ride, but on longer rides you may notice more of a difference.
re: Between sizing questionRay Sachs
Jun 14, 2001 11:29 AM
I'd generally go for the larger size, but I like my handlebars higher than a lot of people do. If you want to be a racer, go smaller and understand that your bars will be lower. If comfort and distance are more important to you than speed, go for the larger frame to make it easier to get the handlebars up.

keep lookingHank
Jun 14, 2001 11:30 AM
do you know what would be the perfect fit? If you do, it shouldn't be too hard to find, unless you really have odd proportions. Or do you need custom? What's your price range? Custom can be a lot cheaper than some people realize.
re: Between sizing questionNeedySpeedy
Jun 14, 2001 11:34 AM
I was in the same boat as you. Personally I just like the feel of a bigger bike. It feels more stable at speed and it feels like I can push a bigger gear. Also steering is more predictable to me, not twitchy. It really comes down to personal preference. Some people say the smaller the better, but it dont make sense to me to have a 130mm or larger stem and a foot of post to get a proper fit. Is the bike your interested in a compact frame? (Sloping top tube) These are an exception to the rule because they are made to fit a wide range of riders with stem and seat post mods.

I rode a bike for a short time that was too small for me. My ribcage felt cramped, sprinting was affected (felt too over the bars), and I fatiqued quicker (both legs & lungs).

Proper fit (for each individual) is everything!
re: Between sizing questionChriVCR
Jun 14, 2001 11:58 AM
I certianly agree with what others are saying on here, it is a personal preference and very much depends on the type of riding you are going to be doing. If you are looking for a very quality bicycle, there is no reason to not consider a custom frame, especially when there are affordable builders out there such as Diablo Bikes that allow you to get the best possible ride, fit ans quality for a surprisingly affordable price. I fit inbetween sizes also and this is one of the best things I have done, I love my bike now. Here is an example of one of his frames (not me on the bike mind you)