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    make this bike work or choose another?

    I'm in the market for what I guess is best called an "urban" bike- flat handle bar, 700c wheels, rigid frame. I want something that I can ride on pavement, not trails, I would like it to be tough enough that I can occasionally hop on and off curbs on it, and I would like it's gearing to be conducive to speed as I only want to use it along the valley floor; no desire to do hills on this thing.

    So far, the bike that best meets that description is the REI Novara Big Buzz. Here's a snapshot of it's web page:
    http://66.218.69.11/search/cache?ei=...icp=1&.intl=us

    The only problem is it's available size vs. my body's size; it's largest available size is a 20" and the REI salespeople have basically told me that it's too small for me. At 6'2" and with a 32" inseam, my standover height on the bike is around 4" and when I have the seat at its appropriate height (so that I have only a slight bend in my knee with the pedal at the bottom of its travel) the seat is quite a bit higher than the handle bars. That seat height has my body pretty leaned forward and during a long test ride, my back started to complain.

    My first thought was to just use a different stem, but the salesperson instantly said that that would change the handling, as if that would be a disaster. As for the stem that comes on the bike, it looks pretty long and low to me (don't know the measurements, though ) and the handlebars are totally flat.

    To finally get to my question, would it really be a bad idea for me to buy this bike and try to "make" it fit my body by using a riser stem and handle bar? Or should I just choose a different bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdin77
    To finally get to my question, would it really be a bad idea for me to buy this bike and try to "make" it fit my body by using a riser stem and handle bar? Or should I just choose a different bike?
    Yes it would. Try Specialized, they have a lot of nice flatbar roadbikes that are built for abuse. Good luck

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    Rretrofitting a bike with a riser stem or a stem riser or something like that might work but it sounds like a "Plan B" kind of thing to me.

    Since you're buying a brand new bike I'd recommend looking around a little more to find something that will work without such modifications.

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    Fit should be the first concern. You're at the time of year when dealers are starting to clear merchandise for '08 stuff--I'd look at Trek and Gary Fisher, too. Look at the least expensive hybrid that'll get you mechanical disc brakes.

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    WTF is it with manufactures cutting off sizes at 20" and lower???!
    I see more male cyclists around here hanging over too small frames. Is this just the latest in laziness after 'compact frames'?

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    I'm pleased with my '03 Big Buzz but it fit me out of the box. Well...except I needed a longer seat post. It's rugged, the disc brakes are great, the gearing is appropriate for my riding (38/46 crank with a wide range cassette), handling is fine. I couldn't find any other comparable bikes locally in '03 so I bought mine online from Seattle.
    Find a bike that fits - the selection is better now.

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    find another one. riding a bike that doesn't fit is no fun. (I know, I've done it)
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