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    I am 6 foot 1ish, i never know because im growing

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    People's height can change from day to day, and even from hour to hour. When I graduated HS I was 5' 10" on a good day, in the morning. But more often I was 5' 9" to 5' 9 1/2". Then at age 40 I stopped doing springboard diving. At my next check-up, I was 5' 11" and have been that height at every doctor visit since. I guess hitting the bottom of the pool hands-first all those times was compressing the discs in my spine. My inseam is still the same, though; so I know I didn't just grow an inch at age 40!

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    Proper Size

    I'm 5'10-1/2" or 5'11". I think I have a 32" inseam. The privates just touch a 20" top tube and I have about 2 inches of space on a 17.5" Should I be buying a 17.5" or 20" hybrid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JagAddict@mac.c View Post
    I'm 5'10-1/2" or 5'11". I think I have a 32" inseam. The privates just touch a 20" top tube and I have about 2 inches of space on a 17.5" Should I be buying a 17.5" or 20" hybrid?
    Probably the 17.5" but there's more to it than that.

    Given the choice, I'd rather have a bike that felt comfortable while I was actually riding it than a bike that felt comfortable when I was stopped at a traffic light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Why do men feel they need to lie about their height? One of the first questions I ask someone when I'm fitting them for a new bike is their height just to get a rough idea of where to start. Most men add at least a couple of inches. The best one was just the other day, I asked and he replied 5'10.5". I'm 5'8" and may be even slightly taller than him. Probably had a 30" inseam. I put him on a bike that he could hardly raise his leg over. When his privates were being squished by the top tube I think he may have gotten the idea. It's quite funny actually.
    Why would you not just start with an inseam measurement and cut thru any potential for crap from the start? Height isn't an accurate way of estimating the standover requirement, anyway!

    Road Fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    I may lie about length, but never height!
    LOL!

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    The only men who lie about height, length, age or weight have no imagination. The rest of us can always think of something more interresting to lie about.

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    Comfort is difficult to determine when no local bike shop has a Trek 7300 in both a 17.5" and 20". I was able to demo a 17.5, but not a 20", so I don't know which would be more comfortable. I thought there might be a technical way to determine the best size for a person.

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    Why ask people what their height is? Why not measure it and find out for sure. Then you don't have to worry about them being dishonest and they get a better fit than a guess would provide.

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