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Help me size a Bianchi Brava(6 posts)

Help me size a Bianchi Bravacraw
Dec 17, 2002 8:01 PM
Hi, I'm a mountain biker buying my first road bike as a commuter. I plan on purchasing a Bianchi Brava, but I am unsure of what size to get. I will be going to a shop to be properly sized, but I'd like to know what size I might be before I head in there.

I am 5'6" with a longer torso I believe. My inseam is about 30". I figure I'm probably a 52 or 55 in Bianchi Brava sizes, but that's a pretty big gap between the two.

Any info appreciated!
52DougSloan
Dec 17, 2002 8:18 PM
I'm 5'9" and ride 55 cm Bianchis (6 of them). My inseam is around 32. I'd probably recommend the smaller, if those are your only choices.

Doug
Another Bianchi sizing ? for Douglampshade
Dec 18, 2002 5:47 AM
I am trying to get an '03 Pista, but since no shops around here (DC) stock them regularly, it looks like it will be a special order. I have heard that you want to get a track bike a size down because of the high bb. I am 6'0" with a 32.5" cycling inseam and a longish torso. My road bike has a 57cm tt with a 115mm stem and seems to fit well. So 55 or 57cm Pista? The 57 has a 1/2" (32 vs. 31.5) higher stand over and a 1cm longer (56 vs. 55)tt. I am not familiar w/ Bianchi sizing. Any help would, well, help me out.
my Pista is a 55DougSloan
Dec 18, 2002 6:53 AM
My 55 works fine, and I'm 5'9"; I still have plenty of standover; I can't tell much of a difference between the Pista sizing and the other Bianchis. At 6 feet, I'd think you'd need a 57 at a minimum. I think you'd be very cramped on a 55.

Standover is irrelevant on a track bike, though, because you always track stand at stops, right? :-)

Doug
Thanks, very helpful (NM)lampshade
Dec 18, 2002 11:07 AM
re: Help me size a Bianchi Bravajtolleson
Dec 19, 2002 7:04 AM
I'm 5'6" with a 31.75" cycling inseam, and I have a 52 cm Bianchi. It is really perfect. You may need to change stems to accomodate your long torso, but I think a 52 is going to be in the ballpark for you. I'd say no way to a 55. The Brava is measured C-C and I think you couldn't stand over a 55 or at least it would be very snug.