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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 09-26-12, 07:47 AM   #1
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Anyone else a Short Clyde? The search for a 49cm Road bike

It's kinda frustrating not seeing anything in LBS for bikes that are 49cm. I tried the 49cm and even that is a little high. I thought I was good with a 50cm, but after the recent trial with a 49cm, a 50cm would be towering. I cant even do a search on google for bike styles that have a 49cm sizing. If you guys have any ideas, please share. Short and pudgy is really frustrating lol.
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Old 09-27-12, 07:39 AM   #2
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How tall are you? How long are your legs? That is, from crotch to the floor. Is your torso long as compared to your legs or not? Are you talking about road bikes?

I ride a 43cm bike and had to special order it. I was able to find 44cm bikes to try. There are a number of bikes that come in 48cm or 47cm sizes. Each company sizes bikes a bit differently so you have to try different brands. You not only need to look at the stated cm size, which is for the seat tube, but other aspects of the geometry to see what will fit you.
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Old 09-27-12, 08:20 AM   #3
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While not technically a "road bike," the Surly Cross Check comes in a 42cm, 46cm and 50cm. You can buy the frame only and have it built up as you please.
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What kind of road bike? I know Bianchi makes the Brava (entry-level steel, has fender eyelets, decent speedy commuter/credit card touring bike) in a 49cm, and I think that's not even the smallest size. (Annoyingly, the reason I know this is because the 49cm I bought years ago is just a bit too small for me to be able to make it really fit.) The stock rear wheel wasn't up to the challenge of a Clyde on it, but the rest of the bike was. It took me + racks + front and rear loaded panniers just fine. I think all of Bianchi's line goes down that small.

There are more women's specific designs in that size range, and I wouldn't rule out looking at those -- women's specific in bike stuff generally means longer legs/shorter torso as a default, and not much else. (I say this as a gal with very typical short guy proportions -- I'm all torso, not leg. Women's designs suck for me.)
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While not technically a "road bike," the Surly Cross Check comes in a 42cm, 46cm and 50cm. You can buy the frame only and have it built up as you please.
I should clarify: The CC is also sold as a complete bike, but it has bar ends, which you might not want.

Like the Brava mentioned, it's also suitable for lighter touring. Also, the stock cracnk can accomodate a third chain ring. although you would need a different FD.
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http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...mpact#geometry
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bik...mpact#geometry
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebik...sport_geo.html (has a 48)
http://road-bikes.findthebest.com/l/...ura-650c-Youth (too small - 41)
http://www.cannondale.com/2013/bikes...ouble-crankset (48)

I'm not sure what style bike you're looking for. Hope this helps a little.
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Or if the CrossCheck is too "cyclocrossy" for you, and you never intend to fit wide tires on it, maybe a Surly Pacer?
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Sorry havent checked post in a week. Didnt really think it was going anywhere. Thanks for the ideas. Yes I am looking for a Road bike. I didnt think that RB came any smaller than a 48. I wish the manufacturers would have a filter for the styles when looking at what came in what size. I think that made sense lol.
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