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Heres a dumb question(2 posts)

Heres a dumb questioncyclejim
Jun 7, 2002 2:32 PM
A lot of people talk about having long legs, with a short torso. Is there some ratio that people go by, for example if your inseam is 65% of your height or whatever?

I'm actually not sure I exactly understand what the torso has to do with fit, because you have 3 contact points- feet, butt and hands on the bike. If I have a short torso, I might have really long arms which would seem to be the critical issue affecting reach to the bars.

Is the length of the torso more important when it comes to drop to the bars? For example if I have a long torso, my arms start up higher and thus drop down more to the bars than they would if I had a short torso.
It can't be THAT dumb a question...Me Dot Org
Jun 9, 2002 7:07 AM
...if so many people have looked at it without offering an answer.

You're right about the contact points, and it's strictly a guess on my part, but what might be important are the pivot points, your knees and your shoulders. These would be affected by the length of your torso.

As to the ratio of inseam to torso length, I have no idea. It would be interesting to measure all of the major team riders and see what's the average.