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Big guy needs big bike recommendations(9 posts)

Big guy needs big bike recommendationsbobwill
Jul 15, 2002 10:07 AM
Here's the story.
I'm looking to spend about $1000.
I might end up needing something that's available in a 63cm frame. My height has ruled out anything under 60cm, and nobody around here has 60cm bikes for me to try.
The Giant OCRs have basically been ruled out as they seem to be too small for me. The Trek 1200 is available in 60cm, but not 63. The Trek 1000 is available in 63cm, but it uses a cheaper frame, not just cheaper components.
Anyone have any recommendations for a 6'4" guy who's looking for a good midlevel road bike that I can grow into. Thanks for your time.
re: Big guy needs big bike recommendationstronracer
Jul 15, 2002 10:49 AM
Start with a 64, no smaller (good luck finding one...)Silverback
Jul 15, 2002 10:57 AM
At least if you're proportioned like I am, even a 62 will be too small for you. I'm 6'4", too, and for years I either bought used bikes that fit "well enough" or let shop owners talk me into the 62s they had in stock. With some fiddling with seatposts and stems, I got them to fit well enough that I thought I was as comfortable as you could be on a bike.
When I was thinking about a Rivendell custom, their sizing chart put me on a 65 or 66cm. I wound up with a 64cm Atlantis (biggest they made at the time; there's a 68 now), and the difference was amazing. After nearly 30 years of cycling, it's almost like a different sport--at 57, I can ride farther and stay on the bike longer than I've ever been able to before.
As far as specific, that's hard, because hardly anybody makes bikes bigger than 62 anymore, and a lot of companies stop at 60. You can get an idea of your size from, and if you decide not to spend that much money, try to see what Gary has. I've never bought from him, but he has a good reputation, and when I was shopping and asked him some questions, he gave me quick and accurate answers.
measure your cycling inseam...C-40
Jul 15, 2002 4:03 PM
Check out the fit info at Get an accurate inseam measuremnt first. This measurement should be used to determine frame size and gage your proportioning (long or short torso).

After your proportioning is determined, it will be easier to recommend a frame brand that would best fit your torso.
You may need to go customStewK
Jul 15, 2002 4:55 PM
I'm just slightly taller than you and I needed to get a custom bike.

Here's a quick check. Stand against a wall with your feet about two feet apart from each other. Take a hardcover book that is about two inches thick and push it snugly up to your crotch with the "machinery" out of the way. Then have someone measure the distance from the floor to the top of the book.

Convert to centimeters by multiplying by 2.54. Then, since you're over six feet, subtract 28cm. This will give you a fair approximation of the size frame you need. (For example, my inseam is 37" or 94cm, which means I need a 66cm frame when measured center to top.

If you do need a custom frame, then I recommend you go for a Serotta bike fit to get the dimensions right since you won't be able to test ride the bike. You can look on their website for shops that are qualified to do a fitting. Mine cost $75 and was well worth it.

After you know the dimensions of the bike you want, you can contact a builder or work with a local bike shop that works with a custom builder.

My recommendation would be that you check out Tom Teesdale at In my opinion, he builds a very good frame and he is the most reasonably priced frame builder I have found. In fact, I have him building a second frame for me right now. My recommendation would be for you to contact him via e-mail and tell him what you want to do and he will work with you. The only other thing I would tell you is that I am having this second frame powdercoated by an outside painter for extra durability.

If you think I can help you further, let me know. Us tall guys have to stick together.
Thanks guysbobwill
Jul 15, 2002 6:04 PM
Sadly this seems to be mostly bad news. :-(
i But, I've never been one to kill the messenger.
Jul 16, 2002 4:56 AM
At your height, I rode a CAAD 3 frame for a few years, before I bought my Palmares. Size was 63 cm and worked like a charm. I never thought, I would say this again, but try your local cannondale dealer.
go with a landsharkTallguy
Jul 16, 2002 6:10 AM
I'm 6'5" and went through the whole research thing. My orig. budget was $1200 to $1500. After doing numerous calculations I realized that a custom bike was necessary. I bought a Landshark from The bike is fantastic. Feel free to email me if you want to discuss.

re: Big guy needs big bike recommendationsmerckxman
Jul 16, 2002 11:34 AM
A met a cyclist this weekend that was riding a recently custom made 63cm Moser. It was a lugged, steel bike and drop dead beautiful. And, he was raving about the ride. I believe he ordered it through a place in NJ called Wheelfine Imports.