Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern California
Bikes: 1971 Schwinn Super Sport, 1990? Bottecchia Cromor, 2005 Quintana Roo Kilo
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Originally Posted by Natilus13
Thanks for the feedback Pakossa. I'm actually going to go visit the LBS that sponsors our club to get them to help me with the fit. I feel a little guilty since I won't be buying the bike from them if it fits but at least I would be buying any new components from them, and going back again for a proper fitting if I do pick up the bike.
Don't feel guilty. You're walking into the shop and building relationships. Note that all your LBS can do is offer you a bike sizing
- they'd need the bike to do a proper fitting
Also, if you really like the bike, don't be afraid of something a little too big. As you said, shortening the stem will get you most of the way there, but so will bringing the saddle forward and then up a little - having some standover clearance suggests you might be able to get away with this without sacrificing appropriate knee or ankle bends throughout the pedal motion. I'd be interested in comparing the ST specified by the online calculator and that of the bike. If it's a closer match, you might be in business. You also have some options in the headset - getting shallower drops (assuming you want to ride drops) will help keep that torso/arm angle right around 90deg.
I just went through the same process and ended up buying the bike, even though the online calculator suggested it was too big.
And boy, am I glad I did!
Last edited by DLP; 01-02-14 at 09:18 AM.