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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 05-19-14, 04:53 PM   #1
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I'm in between bike sizes

Hi all, I'm new and I'm just here to ask a quick little question (Yahoo answers is not that helpful haha)

I'm shopping for my first road bike, and I'm "set" on the Dawes Sheila from BikesDirect. I really like that it has the brakes on the flat part of the handlebars. (I know it's from online which isn't recommended, but I'm just riding around a college campus and I have seen many Dawes bikes on the many bike racks here and they seem fine)

I'm a 5'1" female with a 28.5" inseam and all charts have put me between a 47-49cm frame. The Dawes Sheila has 46cm and 50cm. Should I go big or small?

Thanks much!
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Old 05-19-14, 06:07 PM   #2
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You need the smallest size they have. It is the only one you can stand over.

BTW, the big issue with buying online is that the assembly and set-up is up to you. This is cool if you have experience but otherwise you really need somebody with some experience in bike mechanics, either an experienced rider or a real bike shop, to look it over, make any necessary adjustments and make sure it is ready to ride.
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Old 05-19-14, 07:20 PM   #3
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The smallest size they have is 42cm. The site itself does recommend that one for people 4'10" - 5'2"

But I didn't put any thought into it simply because it seemed too small.

You think this would be good? I just don't want a bike that's too compact.


And I have many friends who are extremely bike handy and have joined the cycling club (I bike ride everywhere on my old mountain bike, and have decided to go for a road bike because riding in traffic with that heavy overly road-gripped monster was getting stressful... I still love that bike, though haha)
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Old 05-19-14, 07:35 PM   #4
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Only the 42 will fit you based on your inseam.
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Old 05-19-14, 10:12 PM   #5
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The standover for a 42cm is listed at 28". So even that will be very close. Looks to me like it should be more with that sloping top tube, but that's the spec.
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Old 05-20-14, 03:32 PM   #6
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Thank you all! Just ordered it and I'm gonna get it properly fitted at my local bike shop You've been big helps.
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