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54 is slightly tall.would a 52 frame...(11 posts)

54 is slightly tall.would a 52 frame...colker
Aug 31, 2001 5:08 AM
be too small? my inseam is 81cm (32in). the frame is a beautifull cinelli nautilus with a good price on the tag.
bikes are like shoesDog
Aug 31, 2001 5:46 AM
Bike fit is a lot like shoe fit. You have to consider not only the "nominal" size, but width, toe box room, just how it feels. Bikes have a lot of variability these days in several respects other than seat tube length. In other words, you have to try them on. Have you ever gone to buy shoes, pick some out, and tell the clerk that you want them in, for example, a 9? Then he comes back and says, "We are all out of 9's, how about an 8 1/2?" If you buy them, you usually regret it. You need the ones that fit. While you can adjust through seatpost, stem, etc., it may not be just right.

Gotta try it on. The numbers likely won't tell you enough, unless you are buying another of the same or similar to something you have bought in the past.

bikes are... more like jerseys...Niwot
Aug 31, 2001 7:31 PM
... Some of them fit perfectly, and that's obviously the ideal.

Some of them don't fit at all, and those you have to avoid no matter how good a deal the price seems to be.

And some of them fit you pretty well, though not perfectly, and if it's a cool jersey (or a cool bike), you'll be very happy with it.

I agree with Dog, though, that you ought to try it on first. You can exchange a jersey, or a pair of shoes, that doesn't fit, but you can't exchange a bike if the frame doesn't fit you.
its probably a great fitishmael
Aug 31, 2001 5:59 AM
ive got a 52 and im a 32 inseam and am 5' 8 "...used to have a 53 and i like this more
Would you mind. . .9WorCP
Aug 31, 2001 9:00 AM
USING CAPS ONCE IN A WHILE? What kind of a man never capitalizes his sentences. For God's sake. Also, how can you not use punctuation yet put in that ellipse? GAAHH!! GAHH!! AHHHHGGH!!

Thank you.
not to get too off topicmoschika
Aug 31, 2001 9:46 AM
but to defend/support a fellow non-cap writer. there are many men that do not use caps when typing, especially in very informal settings.
i usually call it the e.e. cummings syndrome. which is not bad or good, just different.
punctuation, well, that's just a whole other beast.
not to get too off topic9WorCP
Aug 31, 2001 9:57 AM
well, okay. if it is done by "many men" and done in a manly way i suppose i can accept this. But once, just once, I need ishmael to punctuate and capitalize. How about as a tribute to Melville ishy? and then you could go back to your e.e. cummings ways. I ask so little.
i did capitalizeishmael
Sep 1, 2001 1:34 PM
but you must have missed it...????!!!!grrrrrrr
re: 54 is slightly tall.would a 52 frame...Tig
Aug 31, 2001 6:09 AM
My first 3 road bikes were 54's and the top tubes were perfect. The seat tube was a little too long though. After switching to 52's the seat tube was fine, but the top tube was slightly short. It all depends on your body and your fit needs/preferences. I'll be ordering a Serotta soon and will get set up on the LBS's Size Cycle to see what will work best for me. I'm on my second 52 cm bike and put a 10 mm longer stem to help. I'm looking forward to a custom fit (if needed) frame.
It's in the realm of possiblities.9WorCP
Aug 31, 2001 9:08 AM
I have a similar inseam and ride a 53cm frame c-c and would not go smaller. MR. Common Sense says, "You're going to have to ride that thing and see how you feel in the drops. Don't be swayed by a beautiful paint job unless your sure you'll be happy on the thing." Dr. Obvious concurs.
re: 54 is slightly tall.would a 52 frame...jaybird
Aug 31, 2001 11:21 AM
It might work, just be careful. I am 6'3 and I have a 34" inseam and I have traditionaly ridden a 60 or 59 cm Trek or Litespeed... but I was just recently fit to a 57cm Lemond and it almost feels bigger than any other bike I have ridden... Guess I am just saying that bike fit is super subjective, so make sure you ride it first...