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Newbie question(2 posts)

Newbie questionsnuz
Jul 31, 2002 12:14 PM
Actually I'm not even a newbie. I don't own a road bike yet. However, I'm thinking about buying a used cyclocross bike.
The bike is one size smaller than I would get if I was going to buy one in a store. The height of the top tube is fine, but the length of the top tube is an inch or so shorter than I would like. I've played these games with mtb bikes many times. Swapping stems and pushing the seatback etc. I'm wondering if a setbach seatpost might help me. I'd just like to stretch out an inch or so more. The stem is pretty long so I can't extend that. I realize sitting further back on the seatpost changes the muscles used a bit, but I think I can adjust. Has anyone else tried this. Thanks.
I'd take a pass.Spoke Wrench
Jul 31, 2002 2:27 PM
If it was me, I'd keep looking around until I found a bike that I thought was the right size. Your fit on the bike will affect your performance, comfort and enjoyment every single minute that you are on the bike. I think that if the fit is wrong it won't be a good deal regardless of how low the price.