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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    To all of us who know it all.........

    While riding today it dawned on me that I'm finally using the measurements the folks who fitted me to a bike almost 10 years ago tried to persuade me to go to. Instead of listening to the expert advice that I paid for, I tended to opt towards the advice of a close cycling friend and I rode the largest frame conventionally available. It seemed okay to me-except for the visits to the Ortho because of shoulder issues and knee issues.

    I'm now riding two bike frame sizes smaller and narrowed my bars down a couple sizes from a 46 to a 42.

    Good thing I have a college education, a number of professional certifications and a pretty good analytical ability. If not for that it probably would have taken 2-3 times as long to actually do what was the best thing for me.
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    What really counts is the stuff that you learn after you already know it all.

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    I was between a 56 and a 58. I opted for the 58 because the seat height in relationship to the bars was slightly lower than on the 56. I had been riding a hybrid and found more comfort with less body angle. Stem angles and stack height could have compensated for this issue.

    I definitely like narrower bars. I use 40 cm bars. I believe you actually get more drag improvement by going narrow than by going lower.

    A smaller frame should have a weight advantage.

    I did heed the advice of the fitter, but maybe I should have gone with the 56.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jppe View Post
    I rode the largest frame conventionally available.... I'm now riding two bike frame sizes smaller... .
    What motivated you to choose the larger bike in the first place? Colour? Components? Price?

    I once watched a person pick a nice coloured jersey off the rack, then choose a bike that matched the jersey.
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    Let's do a Century jppe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by skilsaw View Post
    What motivated you to choose the larger bike in the first place? Colour? Components? Price?

    I once watched a person pick a nice coloured jersey off the rack, then choose a bike that matched the jersey.
    My first bike was a 62 and it was probably price and availability. A LBS was selling out at ridiculously low prices and it was the only road bike left...but it wasn't a bad fit with some adjustments. In fact I rode 62's for 7-8 years--did lots of centuries on them.
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    I probably erred in the opposite direction. I always got the smallest frame that would fit. Fortunately, my proportions are pretty regular (6'1" w 34" inseam), but I once had a 57 cm frame (they didn't make a 58) with a less-than-56 cm top tube. So I was using a 14cm stem and wondering why the bike handled a little funny. I guess my riding styled resembled Sean Kelly's, but not as upright.

    After a few more bikes, I was fitted by a racing coach, and ex-national champ. All the measurements were already dead-on!

    L.

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    As my wife says - you can always tell an engineer, you just can't tell him much.
    I don't even bother with the fitter, I save that time and expense because I won't listen anyway...
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