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    Have 50cm frame,"stretching" it to fit like 56cm?

    I have a nice old CILO that is just too small the way it is. I need a 56cm. Am I wasting my time/money thinking that I can make it fit with a taller seat post and longer/taller stem ? I am guessing trying to stretch the fit that much will throw the geometry off so much to not be practical. Should I just give in and look for a larger frame ? Thanks for any input.

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    Yes, give up and get a frame to fit. If the difference was just a couple of centimetres I'd say fine, get a longer stem etc. but 6 cm is too much, the bike will never feel right, your weight distribution will be way off, and so on.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    OK, I will give up on that idea and search for something that fits without tweaking.

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    Hey, where are you? I've got an older 54/56cm steel "Mars". Very light & smooth, but WAY too tall for me! Looking for a 50/51cm. I'm in Houston. Just wondering.

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    I am in Northern NY,maybe a trade if you are willing to ship ? I would love to see this beauty being used. If interested PM me and we can go from there.

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    Depending on your riding style, try a longer stem, flipped up. Perhaps a 17 degree stem.

    It puts more weight on the front tire, but this helps with cornering.

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    Thanks guys,I solved the problem today . I sold the bike,will put the money towards a bike that fits. It went to a young lady just getting into duathlons,glad to see the bike will be used .

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