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frame size(3 posts)

frame sizemrtree
Jul 22, 2002 8:20 PM
Hi everyone

I'm new to roadbiking and a friend is giving an older Kestrel 200sci. I'm not sure if its my size? I stand 5'8" tall. The top tube length is 20" long. When I sit on the bike with my hands on the top of the handle bars the handle bars are in line with the front hub. Meaning I can not see the hub from this position. When in the drops I'm almost over the front hub. What is the standard if any on riding position?

Thanks
Seems close...jagiger
Jul 23, 2002 5:39 AM
If you have enough clearance when standing over the bar(1-2"), I would say that the frame would work. If you're new to riding you may find that as you can more flexibility that your reach improves and the bike may feel short. You can check wrenchscience.com for tips on proper fit. This will give you a better I idea of what's involved.

Stardard riding position is what feels comfortable. For me, this is usually on the top of the brake hoods or bar, based on where I'm riding. I'll move around too, as staying in the same place puts pressure on your hands & becomes uncomfortable (decent cloves helps here). You'd use the drops to get into a more aero position, for racing or time trialing. I don't spend a lot of time in the drops.
go with what is comfortableishmael
Jul 23, 2002 6:02 AM
that position is too long for me, you might want a shorter stem