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Old 07-04-05, 03:37 PM   #1
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Frame way too tall

I was in great need of a road bike, but I couldn't buy anything just yet. The good news is a friend just gave me an old Fuji Sagres for free. The bad news is the frame is WAY too tall (the headtube is 8.5" long!). I can just *barely* stand tip toed over the frame. Mounting and dismounting is not a problem. Someday I will look for a more suitable bike but what I'm asking, is it really unsafe to be that tall? Should plan on not having kids? I haven't been riding these bikes long enough to know if this will be a huge problem or just an annoyance (I only ride a few times a week).
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Old 07-04-05, 03:44 PM   #2
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I was in great need of a road bike, but I couldn't buy anything just yet. The good news is a friend just gave me an old Fuji Sagres for free. The bad news is the frame is WAY too tall (the headtube is 8.5" long!). I can just *barely* stand tip toed over the frame. Mounting and dismounting is not a problem. Someday I will look for a more suitable bike but what I'm asking, is it really unsafe to be that tall? Should plan on not having kids? I haven't been riding these bikes long enough to know if this will be a huge problem or just an annoyance (I only ride a few times a week).
Wether unsafe or not, don't throw money away on a bad fitting bike.
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Old 07-04-05, 04:55 PM   #3
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Hmm, how is it when you stand over in bicycling shoes, with one foot still in the pedal? My current frame presses me when I flat-foot it in bare feet, but the combination of having one foot in the pedal plus bicycling cleats gives me plenty of clearance...
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Old 07-04-05, 07:36 PM   #4
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I tried to do this with a nice older Biachi that I got - same situation: fine when I had a foot on the pedal, a little close for comfort on the ground. I stuck it out for a while, but at one point when going up a very steep Pittsburgh hill and my legs gave out, I discovered that getting off at an angle is extremely painful.... and that attempting to get back on and continue uphill was a near death experience.I ditched the frame shortly thereafter and put all the components on a frame with a more suitable standover, and haven't looked back. If you're mostly on flatlands, you might be okay... but steering on too-big frames isn't a lot of fun. I don't know how unsafe it is, really, but if you have to bail or dismount under duress, you've got one more thing to be worried about.
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Can someone tell me how frame size is expressed on frames with slanted top tubes. It would seem that the seat tube measurement is no longer relevant. How is the crotch measurement now related to the shorter seat tube on slant top tube bikes? A problem in geometry?
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yeah, it's not bad with a foot on the pedal and shoes on, but i'll be riding it in the city so i'll probably be stopping frequently for red lights - it might be a pain. but whatever, it was free, you get what you pay for.

it's a big leap from my 20"
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