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Bike for short guy(8 posts)

Bike for short guyJeff Rage
May 25, 2003 7:45 PM
I usally go Mtn. Biking, but the the weather's so bad this year, it doesn't look like I'm going to get many days in. So, I was thinking about getting a road bike. The main problem with fidning a bike for me is that I'm short, with a short inseam. I'm looking for a decent, lightweight bike with 27" or less standover. I would like to find something that runs new in the $1000-$1500 range, and hopefully find a used one for under $1000.

Thanks, Jeff
re: Bike for short guytmotz
May 25, 2003 10:56 PM
I know Trek makes a small frame roadbike for around $600.
Check the classifields on this site or E-bay.
Many optionsss-nyc
May 26, 2003 3:57 PM
I have a very short inseam for my height and have had similar problems in the past (about 10 years ago)with finding a bike in my size. These days most bike companies have frames in sizes from 47cm to 64cm which could possible fit people from 5' to 6'5" without going custom. Also, many companies now make sloping top tube road bikes which give you better standover clearance without sacrificing top tube length.

Fit depends on top tube lenght as well as standover so which company you choose will depend on if your torso is long, short, or average compared to your inseam.

Look at:
Trek
Lemond (longish top tubes)
Bianchi (shortish top tubes but sloping for more clearance)
Cannondale

You sohuld be able to find something with one of the copmanies. Look at thier websites since they should all post standover heights.
What I found so far...Jeff Rage
May 26, 2003 4:30 PM
Hmmm... I looked at a lot of sites - didn't find many that would fit. The smallest frame I could find was made by Titus, at 65.3 standover. The only Specailized and Trek ones I found were of Women specific geometry, which could mean too short of a top tube. The Spec Allez Vita comes in a 69, and the Trek 2300/2200/2000 WSD comes in a 68.2.

I'll keep looking. If anyone else can point to some specific bikes, go for it!
try www.athertonbikes.comLeroy
May 26, 2003 4:52 PM
Boyd Atherton can build you one. He has built from very very small to regular to on up. My LBS handles his frames and they are first class, and quite reasonably priced, too. Good luck with the hunt!
OK, I know you are not a girl, butmsmootsiemartin
May 26, 2003 5:12 PM
you may want to check this link out. http://www.girlbike.com/links/road_touringlinks.html
This is a list of many bike manufactures that make smaller bikes. It will tell you if it is a WSD or simply a small frame. Hope this helps!

mmm
OK, I know you are not a girl, butJeff Rage
May 27, 2003 2:08 PM
Thanks for the links and ideas. Take a look at my Mtn. Bike. It has a standover of about 27", but the frame is a 12". If it was a flat 27" standover, it would not fit me. So I need a bike that has 27" inches or less standover, with a sloping top tube. Here is the list of possibilities, with the frame size and standover listed:

Bianchi Eros Donna 44/68.58
Cannondale R800 Triple Femminine 40/68.1
Fuji Finest Women's 44/68.83
Raleigh Capri 42/69.34
Specialized AlLez Vitas 44/69.0
Trek 2200 WSD 43/68.2
Titus Drop-U 35.5/65.3

Now all of these are women specific, except for the Titus, so there could be the problem with a short top tube.

Any other specific bikes I should look at?

Thanks!
correctionJeff Rage
May 27, 2003 3:32 PM
The Titus has a 41.3 cm frame. It doesn't really mattter, though, at $750 for just the frame, it's way out of my price range. Too bad, as it's the smallest frame I found.