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Do you use a smaller frame than you "fit" to?(18 posts)

Do you use a smaller frame than you "fit" to?Elefantino
Jan 14, 2002 3:15 PM
Talking with my brother in law, who's 6-1 and rides an old 54 cm Giordana. He still swears by the smaller frame.

I'm 6-5 and feel comfortable on a 62 or 61. I don't like larger frames and smaller frames feel like roller skates. But sometimes I wish I was shorter because the number of great 56-58 cm bikes on eBay is tempting.
Not any more.Retro
Jan 14, 2002 3:29 PM
I did for years, for all the old reasons--stiffer, lighter, etc. Then I sized up from a 61 or 62 to a 64 (I'm 6'4"), and it felt so much better I would've bought a 65 if they made 'em.
one yes, three noDave Hickey
Jan 14, 2002 3:56 PM
I have 4 bikes. 3 are 51cm(my size) and one is 49cm. I bought the 49cm on closeout. The top tube is the same length as my 51's. I have to use a riser stem but other than that, it rides just like my 51's
It looks stupid...C-40
Jan 14, 2002 3:57 PM
when you have to use many head tube spacers and/or a high rise (and very long) stem because you bought a frame that was too small. Obvious sign that you're a dummy when it comes to fitting.
Those "dummies" probably get their fit infoKrill
Jan 15, 2002 9:13 AM
from someone claiming to be a fit expert on the internet.
Poor Elefantino's Almanac. . .js5280
Jan 14, 2002 4:32 PM
An idle cyclist is good for the economy.

...but bad for the marriage. Better watch your eBay surfing Elephantino. Apparrently pain killers have the same effect as alcohol when it come to superfluous online purchasing. "Gees, what was thinking when I ordered THIS!" ;-)
Yeah, but I have to have some consolation for missing RFTR! nmElefantino
Jan 14, 2002 8:24 PM
Didn't they find your C40 that was ejected from your roof rack?js5280
Jan 15, 2002 8:41 AM
Some good samaritan must of gave it a proper burial. ;-)
her insurance must pay a new c40...nmcolker
Jan 15, 2002 11:07 AM
6'1" on a 54 cm?Kerry Irons
Jan 14, 2002 5:03 PM
Unless your BIL has a very strangely proportioned body, it sounds to me like he is trying to justify a mistake in frame sizing. I used to ride with a guy who couldn't even straddle his bike without rising up on his toes, but he claimed "I know everyone says it's too big, but I really like the feel." BS The psychologists have a term for this kind of nonsense: rationalization.
6'1" on a 54 cm?weiwentg
Jan 14, 2002 5:05 PM
um ... that's not psychology. that's psychotherapy, which some psychologists consider to be a quack science.
I probably fit to a 52, but I ride a 50 ... when I turn the handlebars I can whack my toes on the front wheel, but face it, how often do we really turn the handlebars?
but 6'1" on a 54 ... wowch.
hold on there......quadzilla1
Jan 14, 2002 7:05 PM
I'm 6' even - with only a 31 -32 inch inseam & I ride a 54 Trek. Two maybe three inch stand-over clearance. Could I ride a 56 ? Probably. Tried a 58 Cannondale and I was hanging Christmas balls over the tree. My problem is top tube length. The Trek seems too long. I use a 10 cm stem on this & the hub disappears when I look down, But I need quite a few spacers due to a bad back from a car accident & a drinking accident. Now I feel like a freak...half man, half monkey. I suppose I should pay for a fitting ($100 at LBS), but the wifey says no more bikes, so it won't do me any good anyway. I guess my point is, is that there are more things to look at than just overall height.
Thanks for the backup, Quad!Elefantino
Jan 14, 2002 8:30 PM
My brother in law isn't rationalizing. He's short-legged (he's got a 32-inch inseam, too, and a long torso. He also has a Cinelli 130 on his Giordana; I've tried a 130 and to me it's like driving a bus. But he swears by it.

The bike did NOT come with a 130 stem, so I guess you can't call THAT rationalization.

(He also used to win a lot of races in college, which usually meant he got free beer from the local brewery — Sierra Nevada — so I guess you CAN call THAT rationalization!)
yes, but im forced toishmael
Jan 15, 2002 5:38 AM
going by almost every person or sizing chart id be on a much bigger the others here i have a 32" inseam, but im only 5 foot 7 and a half...therefore i have a short torso and am forced to use tiny stems and have twitchy steering unless i can hunch over really small frames with short top tubes...if anyone is a candidate for custom i think i am, but instead im going to try a new smaller frame (53 top tube) and get a 90 degree dimensions are really the same as most women so i have the same problem as half the race... but it still isnt accommodated for by all the major brands
One comment,TJeanloz
Jan 15, 2002 11:51 AM
This is something I meant to include in my last tirade against Internet fit experts. "Fit" and frame size, are related but are not the same. People often think they 'fit' on one size frame. This is not the case; most people can get an IDENTICAL "fit" on at least three different size frames (if the frame comes in 1cm increments.)

Think about it, the fluctuations in all of the changable bike parts (stem, seatpost, saddle rails) is at least 5cm- so there is no reason to believe that a frame must be exact to 1cm. Each of the three sizes probably offers different benefits, but everybody can 'fit' identically on at least that many. My own bikes range from 54cm to 58cm- and all of them have the same distances from the saddle to the handlebars and pedals.
One comment,pmf1
Jan 15, 2002 1:31 PM
It is kinda funny how you get these "experts" on this board who claim they could never fit on a certian bike (Colnago comes to mind) because the top tube is one cm too short or long, or the seat tube angle is one degree different.
You're damn right,TJeanloz
Jan 16, 2002 9:53 AM
My body type isn't ideal for a Colnago, but if a C40 between the sizes of 54 and 58 showed up on my doorstep, I'd make it fit in a hurry.
ride it, if it feels good go with itfuzzybunnies
Jan 15, 2002 9:06 PM
I've seen some people on some fairly odd fitting bikes but if they find it comfortable than it is. I just fit a 56cm frame, probably closer to a 55 but the best fitting bike I have is a 58. I can't stand over it too well but when I'm on it it just feels right. Check out the uscf web site when they go over proper fit they said they discovered that every rider always had thier seatpost at the optimal level. People like to be comfortable and the smart ones will change the apropriate parts to accomidate. Russ