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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 06-25-14, 12:56 PM   #1
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Do you think this bike is small for my size?

I am 5' 7". Frame size is 52 cm.

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Old 06-27-14, 10:36 PM   #2
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No, not really.
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Looks ok. Reach may be a little short (hard to tell since the photo doesn't show a normal hand position) but that's easily corrected with a longer stem. How does it feel? Often when people ask this question, they're trying to talk themselves into buying (or keeping) a bike that doesn't feel quite right.
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I think there is a problem with the reach as you say because when I did a 100 mile distance I had lots of pain and stifness around my neck and shoulder area. Stem is 140mm, it might be hard to find a longer one. What about the saddle height? I think it could go up a little.
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...... I did a 100 mile distance I had lots of pain and stifness around my neck and shoulder area.
Congratulations on your full century!
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Congratulations on your full century!
Thank you. It was actually 4 miles short. We are using metric system so I didn't pay attention to it. I had done it before anyway. It was around 220 km. Now I remembered I didn't have any neck or shoulder pain in that ride.
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.............. Now I remembered I didn't have any neck or shoulder pain in that ride.
So was the "other" century on a different bike or the same bike.... with changed/alter/tweaked/different settings?
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IMO top tube length is a better way to size, and that one looks too short to me. 140mm stem and that hand position doesn't look to me like a good fit.

If you normally pedal toe down like that, I think the saddle could go a little higher.

Work it out on the Competitive Cyclist calculator.
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So was the "other" century on a different bike or the same bike.... with changed/alter/tweaked/different settings?
Only change was I was using a different saddle and different height probably.
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IMO top tube length is a better way to size, and that one looks too short to me. 140mm stem and that hand position doesn't look to me like a good fit.

If you normally pedal toe down like that, I think the saddle could go a little higher.

Work it out on the Competitive Cyclist calculator.
Yes, for some reason I think my feet are not parallel to the ground on the bottom of the pedal stroke. It might have caused some problems like hamstrings tightness or I might have lost some range of motion on hyperextension.
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Only change was I was using a different saddle and different height probably.
It doesn't seem to take too much adjusting to screw-up a good fit. Of course.... I am assuming that on the other century (the one without pain) you weren't any better prepared by training and fitness levels.

I keep a chart... and log my settings and positions. I've found... for me... they saddle height seems pretty consistent from bicycle to bicycle. Although the saddle position can seem a little high in the off (cold winter) months as I am not as flexible. But flexible or not it's better for me to leave the saddle in the proper position and just let my body warm up a bit longer till it "feels right".

You could get a experienced cyclist buddy to help you re-zero in fit, watch some youtube videos on bicycle fit, or see who your LBS recommends. But I start with saddle height. Then adjust the saddle back or forward to get the feet positioned correctly. Then last... adjust the bars. But, I am not sure I'd recommend my way as an example. I'd watch some youtube videos... at the very least.

Then when out cycling I try to not to out-ride my skill and fitness level. I love cycling and really enjoy myself when riding. But I think we all tend to push ourselves and sometime tend to do too much too soon. A heroic effort is often rewarded with a little heroic-pain.

I sometimes take a low-dose aspirin when the weather allows me to train hard. I spoke with my doctor about it first. I don't take it for my heart nor do I take them everyday. But because I take nothing that has any pain or inflammation meds in it.... the low-dose goes a long ways to reduce discomfort.

Then.... there is that whole-other direction.... which would be looking at/for a bicycle more-so designed for long distance endurance cycling. Nothing wrong with branching out into various different areas of cycling... and having more bicycles.
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It seems okay. You are 5"7 and ride a 52 cm road bike is perfectly fine! Do a very simple test. When both of your hand stretch straight in full length and holding both handle (top), you should not see the front wheel axle when you look straight downward. Try this when you are riding!

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If it feels right... ride it!
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