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In between frames sizes for new bike(10 posts)

In between frames sizes for new bikebobobo
Sep 9, 2002 4:55 AM
Am looking at a new roadbike and am in between stock frame sizes. Should i buy the slightly largerbike or the slightly smaller frame and use a longer stem and why? Standover clearance is adequate on euther frame.
Go smaller.Quack
Sep 9, 2002 5:38 AM
It's less risk to go smaller. Guaranteed not to be limited by the shortest stem being too long. I would be willing to bet that 90% of all bicycles sold are too big for their owners.
i was thinking just the opposite, actually.Steve_0
Sep 9, 2002 5:50 AM
seems to me, The current trend of keeping the bars well below the saddle effecively increases the reach. This same reach can be accomplished by a larger frame and level bars, with the added bonus of alleviation of 'numb hands', 'sore but', and 'tire back' (which i read about on this board every day).
It's about time someone finally said this!MXL02
Sep 9, 2002 5:59 AM
I've been thinking about this for some time...every time I talk to someone about frame sizes they always say "get as small as possible" for stiffness etc. This may work for racers, but for recreational riders, I am quickly coming to the conclusion that most us should have at least one frame size larger, even if it means using a fairly short stem.
I've said it for years--EVERYBODY's bike is too smallcory
Sep 9, 2002 7:24 AM
I'm 6'4", and for 20 years bike dealers sold me small bikes because "they're stiffer" (translation: "They're what we have in stock"). Finally I stumbled across a used 25-inch (about 64cm) Trek, and it was so much better than the 61 and 62cm frames I'd been riding that I bought it on the spot. My Atlantis is a 64 (still about 1 cm too small, according to Rivendell), and when I order the Rambouillet, it will be a 65. If people would try larger frames before they buy smaller ones, you'd see a lot less seatpost sticking up.
Well, Not EVERYBODY'S (90 percent perhaps) nmSteve_0
Sep 9, 2002 7:36 AM
DependsSpoke Wrench
Sep 9, 2002 5:53 AM
What is your bicycling background? How flexible are you? How do you intend to use the bike?

A lean, fit racer I would usually advise to get the smaller frame. I would generally suggest that a more casual rider get the larger fame for the higher handlebar position.
Second thatFez
Sep 9, 2002 6:26 AM
Depends on the bike. Is it built up or are you supplying the components? Some factors to consider:

1) Smaller bike may not have headtube height to bring the bars up as high as you need. USUALLY not an issue with a larger bike.

2) Smaller bike may not be able to get the saddle back far enough, despite use of a setback seatpost. Of course, reverse can be true with a larger bike.

3) Smaller bike may come with too small crankarms and handlebars. Reverse may be true w/ larger bike. Make sure bike store will set you up properly and change these out at minimal cost if necessary.

4) Stem issue could go either way. Too long ain't great on a smaller bike. Too short ain't great on a larger bike. 100-120 is probably ideal range.

5) And of course consider standover.
keep lookinggtx
Sep 9, 2002 6:48 AM
fit is the most important consideration when buying a new bike. Get the bike that fits.
Rivendell's PerspectiveMe Dot Org
Sep 10, 2002 7:26 AM
Rivendell's (an admittedly retrgrouch bunch) viewpoint:

http://rivbike.com/html/bikes_framesize.html