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Old 02-21-14, 03:44 PM   #26
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Figure out what size is right for you , next. straddle a few bikes
and get ready for jumping on the next one FS. knowing your size ahead of time..
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Old 02-21-14, 04:19 PM   #27
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For me I have a 4 cm comfort range WRT a drop bar road bike like the Trek. Proper sizing isn't about clearance when straddling the bicycle while stopped, but rather how the three contact points (butt, hands and feet) inter relate when riding. My crotch contacts the top tube on all of my road bikes at a stop. I just lean the bike a little when stopped with one foot still on a pedal.

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French fit? My main bikes are the same way other than my track bike which is designed low and long.

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Old 02-21-14, 04:26 PM   #28
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If I can ask another broad question... how do I go about appraising a bike?
It's tough, because there are so many manufacturers, so many niches, and lots of years of production, mostly before the Web. It's a knowledge base that you'll improve over time. Here's where to start:

Watch completed ebay sales.
Watch craigslist sales.
Read the "Classic & Vintage: What's It Worth" thread regularly. http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...-and-Inquiries
Frequent local bike shops and bike collective/co-ops. Talk to folks there who seem to know what they're talking about.
Learn the product hierarchy for parts/bikes you care about (Is 105 better than Sora? Is Chorus better than Veloce? Deore XT vs. LX?)
Bikepedia.com has MSRP values going back into the 90s.

And for most bike questions, read Sheldon Brown. He probably has the answer.
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Old 02-21-14, 05:09 PM   #29
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Hey! You know, I've been thinkin' about your dilemma. What do your friends ride? Do they ride newer, modern type bikes? Have you tried their bikes? What do you ride now? I have bicycles from the early '60s to mid "90s. A very international group, too! They all have their pluses a minuses! I am considering the Pan Mass ride this summer and find myself leaning towards a newer Trek or Cannondale. You might consider kicking your budget up. At least double and looking at a new bike that you can use as a foundation for upgrades later if you think that you need them. By the time you make any of these classics/vintage rides viable, you may find yourself at that amount anyhow!
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French fit? My main bikes are the same way other than my track bike which is designed low and long.
Not quite as my ideal size is a 58 cm frame, but encroaching on one with the 60 cm distance bike. My crit bike is 56 cm and is for cornering fun. My 6' son love a French Fit bicycle and rides a 64 cm frame. The larger frame, for me, has some merits for distance riding as my areo bars fit with less compromise than on my 58 cm bike.

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Not quite as my ideal size is a 58 cm frame, but encroaching on one with the 60 cm distance bike. My crit bike is 56 cm and is for cornering fun. My 6' son love a French Fit bicycle and rides a 64 cm frame. The larger frame, for me, has some merits for distance riding as my areo bars fit with less compromise than on my 58 cm bike.

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ahh I see.. people who know "modern fitting" usually give me funny looks as I'm 5'9" and ride 56's..
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Sorry to bump, but I've found two pretty decent options, hoping for a second opinion.

A 1970 Relaigh SuperCourse and a K2astral 2.0.

Both cost $150 and have original parts. They both also seem to be in mint condition and have been taken care of. I haven't measured for exact fit yet, but they both should be very close to right. Given how the SuperCourses are talked about here, I might go for that just to have it, haha. The K2 has an aluminium body though, which might be more suitable for upgrading.


Which one do you think is best? Are they even worth it? They're the options I can find at my local used stores. I can pass and keep watching.

Also, does anyone have experience sizing these brands?

Thanks kindly
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FWIW, if they both fit I'd get the Super Course in a heart beat. They ride great, they have somewhat of a cult following, love the 70's stylings.. I'm not a fan of K2, I did however like Proflex pre K2.. disclaimer I own a Super Course.
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Old 02-25-14, 10:45 AM   #34
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I must say go for Raleigh Rusho Hour having Weinmann DP18, 32-hole rims with Spoke BrandStainless, 14ga. (2.0mm).I am enjoying having it.
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