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    Felt F4c?

    As a finders fee, I am being given a bike. I currently own a 53 Cm 2004 Lemond Reno. I had been looking at the the Bianchi Vigorelli, as I was thinking of going old school, even if it is a 22# bike. The giver & shop conferenced me in today, and instead I was offered (and accepted) a 52cm Felk F4c. As he is being very generous, I hate to call & change my mind.

    I am 47, 5'10", and 262 # (dropping, but then again if I ever see 225# again i will be f**king amazed lol). I am a recreational rider who lives in Atlanta. I reide moderate distances, and chairty rides. My typical ride is between 12 & 25 miles.

    Will the Felt hold up to me? My Reno has done quite well so far.

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    and I can't type worth a dang. :-) I should add I prefer comfort over speed
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    5-10 and your going with a 52cm?? Isn't that a little small? Wouldn't a 54-56 be a better fit?
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    I was just about to type that. I know someone who is 5'10 and rides a 56-57

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    Hmm both good points. I have a call in to the shop. I am pretty short legged for 5'10" (30' inseam)
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    Quote Originally Posted by STewmeister
    Hmm both good points. I have a call in to the shop. I am pretty short legged for 5'10" (30' inseam)
    I'm the same measurements and I ride a 56cm. Short legs=long torso. 52cm would have an pretty short top tube.

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    I'm thinking a 56 would be the size as well. I think you will be cramped on the 52.
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    Short OT to Stewmeister; Hello, neighbor! I'm in Roswell now, but you're over near my old stomping grounds - I grew up in the Memorial Drive/Columbia Drive/Belvedere Park area.
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    i was recently professionally fitted for a 'custom built' bike- I am 5'10.5", 30" inseam. so I have a medium longish torso. I bet the original poster does as well. Not a LONG torso, but in between. The felt geometry was picked by the shop as being the most appropriate - in a 54 cm size. They picked the felt F1C (2007, team issue) frame. The bike is not finished, or I'd give a more complete report on how I like the fit. waiting on 2007 campy record crank to come in.

    as a comparison, I also ride a Specialized roubaix, size 56, which is a little too long in the top tube, given its geometry. However, the 54 roubaix does not fit well either.

    check it out - the felt geometry is a bit different than that of other manufacturers, and according to my shop a good match for the longer torso folks among us. Assuming the F4C and the F1C geometry is the same ( and I believe it is) I think a 56 might be a tad too big, and feel certain the 52 is too small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lasteagle83
    Short OT to Stewmeister; Hello, neighbor! I'm in Roswell now, but you're over near my old stomping grounds - I grew up in the Memorial Drive/Columbia Drive/Belvedere Park area.
    shout out to you friend. I recently moved here, was raised in East Point - small world. EP was/is a good town to bike around in - not so much around here :-)
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    I know you all think I am on druge, but the shop puts me right in a 52. The 54 stretches me out more than I prefer. Like my sig says, I am an old fat man, I like a more upright position, I have really short legs, and I prefer a reasonable stand over height. The 52 is spot on using the Lemond formula (.67 x my inseam =51.06 CM) Ido appreciate the feedback
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    To my original question, I take it the frame, wheels, etc will hold up to me?
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