Fitting Your Bike - I think my LBS sold me a bike thats too big
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07-30-13, 11:46 AM
so I just got a 59cm 2012 Kona Dew Plus
I love the bike but theres this off feeling that it's too big.. I couldnt really determine when I purchased it because I had my wife and 3 kids with me (one is a 2 month old infant who was crying lol)
the standover height leaves to room between my crown jewels and the top bar lol
my last road bike was a 58cm.
should I go back and ask them? I lowered the seat for now, and its ride-able.. im just concerned over the standover height and the fact it just looks huge to me.
I used to be able to stay seated on my road bike and put my toes on the floor for balance.. ill have to see if i can do that with the Kona
07-30-13, 02:16 PM
I'd have to see the fit.. As 'Size' in bikes is the distance from the crank axis upward along the seat tube
to some point at the top of the frame , its that someplace that is not agreed upon..
top tube horizontal or does it slope? what is the slope ? seattube extend a ways above the top of the top tube?
Issue could also Be the BB height is further off the ground. also..
You probably should have not let them talk you into that size in the 1st place ..
just had it a week or so?, go exchange it.
Having struggled recently with making sure I got the right fit, I have learned a few things in the process. One is that the SO height does not matter THAT much. C-T size for your measurements, and more importantly, effective top tube length for your measurements, are the really important ones. What kind of bike is it? If a mountain bike, then you should definitely have some clearance, but for road bikes I hear a lot of people saying that it's not that big a deal. I bought a bike based on the SO clearance, then within a day of riding realized I was feeling cramped (I asked for advice here a lot), so exchanged it for the bigger size where the clearance is minimal but everything else feels better. How does it feel when you ride it? Does it feel natural when you get in riding position? Also, just lowering the seat is not something you should do just for the fit - you should decide that based on the distance to the pedals. Google the seat height heel-on-pedal method. Hope it helps, I'm kind of a newb myself so take this with a grain of salt.
You need to post a picture of yourself on the bike. From the side, seated on the saddle, pedal at the lowest position.
Absent a picture, I think the Kona Dew Plus looks like a sloping top tube commuter bike. You should definitely have plenty of standover height on a bike like that, unless you have unusual proportions.
I know many say standover height is unnecessary, I disagree. Not everyone is an expert rider, not everyone rides in control all the time. In traffic, surprised by a darting pedestrian or swerving car, sudden lurching stop, off balance, you may well end up with both feet on the ground and the top tube in your nuts.
07-31-13, 10:22 AM
I ended up returning it, it felt fine as I was riding it but i couldnt shake that weird feeling that it was too big.. maybe it was just the frame style i dunno..
I got a raleigh misceo 2.0 in large and have 1-2 inch standover and feel way more comfortable riding it
Good. Feeling good while riding is where it's at!
One other thing I learned recently btw, is that touching the ground for balance is never a factor in fitting. I long held the newb belief that it's necessary or an indicator of good fit, and it turns out it's not. I had a hard time believing that at first, and googled it extensively, and I got the same information everywhere: most properly fitted road bikes result in the rider not being able to reach the ground while seated, if the bike is straight up. If it works out that way and you still have the proper extension hitting the pedals, fine, but if not, no big deal. Since setting up my bike properly I am off the ground completely, but once I got used to the proper start this way, it feels a lot better!
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