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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-01-07, 05:30 PM   #1
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Suggestions requested - bikes that are long and low

I'm 6', 225lbs., but I have short legs, like 29 inseam, and a long upper body, like a 6'6" sized up bod. So what bikes are long and low?
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Old 04-01-07, 05:38 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, 6'2", 30" inseam. Check out the Specialized Roubaix's.
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Thanks, Ronjon, I will.
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Old 04-01-07, 05:44 PM   #4
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Ronjon - Googled this:

http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/la...2_5668crx.aspx

Relevant first comment. Bad wheels. Otherwise the guy loves it.
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long and low

Rans V3 XL size, definately long and low......and fast! Check them out!
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CV - Oh yeah, those are long and low all right, but I wasn't looking for a recumbant.
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You want a compact frame, or maybe even a custom.
A compact has a sloping top tube.
Lots of companies do compacts these days.
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Lots of companies do compacts these days.
Specialized does a lot of compact frames.

GIANT Bicycles is well-known for their compact framed road bikes.

If you're looking at Trek, see the PILOT series of bikes.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head. If road bikes don't work, I guess you can take a look at mountain bikes. They're all long and low

If nothing else works, then I guess you'll have to go the custom route or get a really long stem and/or seat post with lots of setback on a compact frame.
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I agree with late. Try a Specialized Allez or something comparable. I have a 28.5 inch inseam and my sloping Allez fits me pretty well. I don't think it is particularly long, though, although you could change out the stem easily enough to get some more room between you and the handlebars.
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That's the kind with the sloping top tube then? I've been away from bicycling for a long time, and they didn't used to make them that way. Top tubes used to be all horizontal. I guess the advantage to the sloping top tube is that I will now be able to fit on a larger frame that is more suitable to my overall size regardless of the fact that I have short legs.

Ah, so this new fangled gadgetry and goofy angles may be good for something after all!
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That's the kind with the sloping top tube then? I've been away from bicycling for a long time, and they didn't used to make them that way. Top tubes used to be all horizontal. I guess the advantage to the sloping top tube is that I will now be able to fit on a larger frame that is more suitable to my overall size regardless of the fact that I have short legs.

Ah, so this new fangled gadgetry and goofy angles may be good for something after all!

I got my first bike in 2001 before all the fangled compact geometry came on the market. I got my first custom made bike in 2002 because it didn't fit right which I only discovered by riding for more than 1 hour.

These days, there are a number of options with the compact geometry. At my size, I'm used to spending more since 'off the rack' items never fit whether it be suits or bikes or whatever.
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Long stems are also your friend.
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Long stems are also your friend.


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Ya think? I didn't like them much. Moved me too far forward, put too much leverage on the handlebar stem... I used to be happier with a bigger frame, even tho I couldn't exactly straddle it.

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LeMonds are also notable in this category. You'll likely do well in a compact frame a size too large according to most sizing metrics.
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