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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 dont 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. Its more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, youll 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 06-13-14, 06:49 AM   #1
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Help outgrew my bike!

My bike is a Specialized Rockhopper converted to a drop bar touring bike. This bike fit me fine for many years as when I purchased it I was about 50 years old and 6' 2" and a 60 CM top tube was perfect for me, fast forward 20 years and I am now 5' 11" and the top tube is too long a good size now would be a 58 cm top tube. I have reduced the stem to a 90 MM but it is still a little long and I am unsure how short it can be before handling problems ensue. I thought about just buying a Surly LHT in a size that will take 26 inch wheels as everything would pretty much change over. But after reading about LHT it evidently can't be safely fitted with a kickstand, I checked into the click stand but this seems to be a bigger pain than no kickstand. I use this bike for getting groceries touring and general riding. I guess my question is how short a stem can I put on the Rockhopper or does anyone have any other suggestions.

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Old 06-13-14, 12:28 PM   #2
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shorter stem and just lowering the seat post a hair should do .
I have a 8cm on my road bike , 565 TT

& a 4.5cm on my Bike Friday.* .. 56TT

* Using trekking bars, or their straight ones that come apart into shorter halves.




But buying a new bike is always good..

SOMA, another TW made bike for a SF, Cal. Importer has a KS Plate.

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Old 06-13-14, 05:00 PM   #3
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Thanks fietsbob good to know about the shorter stem I have thought about treking bars but currently set up for drops and would like to keep them
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