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What size and where can I get a cheap used bike?(6 posts)

What size and where can I get a cheap used bike?ridenaz
Sep 10, 2002 11:15 AM
Can anyone help me. I'm about 5'8" and I think I need a 54cm frame, or would a 56 work better? I don't have much money to spend and am looking for a quality used bike with shimano 105 components, double crank, preferably a carbon fork, and a light, sturdy wheelset (I've got Rolfs on my mountain bike and would love them on the road bike). Does anyone know any good websites to find affordable used bikes? The bikes on the classifieds here are either really nice or really low end it seems like. Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
54cm. Ebay (nm)onespeed
Sep 10, 2002 11:21 AM
re: What size and where can I get a cheap used bike?No_sprint
Sep 10, 2002 11:25 AM
FYI. I'm 5'8" and ride 51s and 52s. I was on 53s and 54s for years at the recommendation of fitters and techs. I was never comfortable until I made my own decision to go to 52s and 51s. It's a whole new world of something called comfort which I'd known nothing of before.
what made it comfortable????C-40
Sep 10, 2002 12:17 PM
I'm 5'-7" tall with a long 83cm inseam. I wouldn't ride anything smaller than a 54cm (c-t). I have at least 4cm of standover clearance. I use an 84 degree, 110mm length stem, with no steering tube spacers to produce a 9cm drop from the saddle to the top of the bars.

Other than gaining standover clearance, there's nothing to be gained from riding a smaller frame. If anything it may cause fitting problems.

In my case, I'd have to use a 10-20mm longer stem, a bunch of ugly head tube spacers and/or a stem with a lot more rise. None of these would make the smaller frame more comfortable. It would look like I didn't know how to pick the proper frame size.

If comfort was gained, there had to be changes made other than frame size.
several things made it more comfortableNo_sprint
Sep 10, 2002 12:44 PM
Firstly, I don't feel as stretched out even with a very aggressive drop to my bars. I don't inch forward on my seats anymore thus putting pressure where I don't like it and sitting more on the horn. Next, I feel much more in command of entire bike. My confidence, handling, speed is all greatly improved.

Yes, there were other changes. I did go from 100mm stems to 110. I also use Campy Record carbon seat posts, they have a very minimal setback.

Also, I've used all the calculations, from CC to Lemond, none of them gave me the same numbers and none gave me what I ride now and find most comfortable.

Just wanted to give the poster my experience.
The best website I've found in right here at RBR.MXL02
Sep 10, 2002 12:10 PM
I don't know how little you want to spend, but just a quick scan of the classified here turned up several nice used bikes in your size including this one: http://marketplace.consumerreview.com/cgi-bin/classifieds/classifieds.pl?db=Road&website=RoadbikeReview&language=&session_key=&search_and_display_db_button=on&results_format=long&db_id=25937&query=retrieval

If you don't find what you want, wait a week.