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    Bike fit and size (correctly) ?

    Question for you guys, does the bike appear to be the right size ? And the saddle height adjusted correctly, including front to back. It seems to be fitting like a glove, I do have 2 pair of pants on in the video, and like 3 shirts, was freezing cold. Just from watching the video it looks a little small, but it feels perfect, I tried the XL at Performance Bikes, and it really seemed to big. I have "maybe" 1" clearance over the top tube on the large.

    Just wanting a second opinion or two. Thanks

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    The bike doesn't look too small to me. Leg extension looks about right. It doesn't look like the seat is at maximum height. You can turn the handlebars without hitting your knees? No toe overlap when you turn? Then the size is more a matter of preference. If you select a larger frame, you'll have a longer reach to the bars and be less upgright. Take a look at other videos of people riding bikes; many of them look like the bike is on the small side. If you bought the bike at LBS, then they would have helped you select size. Did you actually try the larger size?
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    Knee angle looks right at full extension (maybe a smidgen high) when you stopped your left foot towards the end of the video. Your toes aren't pointing down much at the bottom of the pedal stroke either (if they were that usually indicates the saddle is too high.) Reach doesn't look bad either, your elbows aren't locked out. So it looks good to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a1penguin View Post
    The bike doesn't look too small to me. Leg extension looks about right. It doesn't look like the seat is at maximum height. You can turn the handlebars without hitting your knees? No toe overlap when you turn? Then the size is more a matter of preference. If you select a larger frame, you'll have a longer reach to the bars and be less upgright. Take a look at other videos of people riding bikes; many of them look like the bike is on the small side. If you bought the bike at LBS, then they would have helped you select size. Did you actually try the larger size?
    You really answered my question already, was more about saddle height, (leg extension Etc..) yes I did try out the XL size, and it was to big for me. Just looked kind of small in the video. Thanks, Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
    Knee angle looks right at full extension (maybe a smidgen high) when you stopped your left foot towards the end of the video. Your toes aren't pointing down much at the bottom of the pedal stroke either (if they were that usually indicates the saddle is too high.) Reach doesn't look bad either, your elbows aren't locked out. So it looks good to me.
    Thanks Dunbar, a second opinion looking from outside the box, never hurts to ask. It does seem to fit (TO ) good ! Laugh
    I'm having a hard time staying off it, so it must.. Richard

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    It looks just right, and you´re leg isnt stretched all out in 6 o´clock position. Funny thing is, might be an optical illusion, but bikes tend to look small when you start scrutinize. Check them pro´s bikes!!! Modern, compact geometry plays tricks with our eyes...
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    Your back is straight not hunched over, and your elbows have a slight bend, your hips don't rock at all, and your leg extension is perfect, so it looks pretty much dead on to me.

    I think that bright colored puffy coat adds to the optical illusion that the bike is small.

    Your riding position is pretty upright so it looks like your bike would be a perfect candidate for a drop bar conversion if you wanted a more aerodynamic position though.

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    Thanks for your feed back guys, never hurts to get a few more opinions. I'm very happy with the way it fits and rides. (Not sure about the drop-Bar conversion thing yet) LOL

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    That's why I'll probably never own a road bike.

    Maybe if I were younger and a bit more flexible it would be something to consider but my old shoulder, neck, and back problems have pretty much killed that idea, and I don't really care about speed, and mine is fast enough, so comfort is my priority and the flat bar upright position is just right for my bike.

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    Cool

    Your bike set up and accessories look real nice. You have a real good cadence on your video.

    Q: Are you just using the platform pedals. Ever thought about adding toe clips? Since I ride my hybrid to and from the tennis courts, I prefer to go with platform pedals and toe clips. I do have clipless pedals on my road bike, but I find myself riding that bike less and less.

    Oh yes, I give you a lot of credit for riding in the cold weather. Here in Hawaii, we break out the blankets and jackets when the mercury dips below 70 degrees.
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