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Old 04-08-09, 01:24 PM   #1
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Bogged down by new bike research

Hi everyone,
I've been riding for the past two years. I started off with an Iron Horse triumph 3.0, which served me well. Until recently, I rode the 56cm bike very comfortably. I've been going on longer rides and decided it was time to upgrade, so I did some research and ended up purchasing a Bianchi 928 carbon C2C. It's a beautiful bike, and while it doesn't include top of the line componentry (Shimano 105), it's still an upgrade for me. The issue I have though, is whether the LBS fit me with the right bike. Like I said above, I rode a 56 cm frame, the Bianchi frame only comes as a 55 or a 58. I tried the 58 and felt a bit stretched towards the handlebars. The LBS swapped the stem to a shorter one, and then fit the bike for me. I still feel slightly stretched and am now unsure whether I just got used to the wrong size before. I've read a load of information on sizing indicating that the bike should be a good fit (57 cm seems better, but non existant for the Bianchi). The bike handles well and I like it except for this issue, which may be me or the bike. I'd appreciate any helpful comments or inquiries.
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Each Bike Company has different ways to measure their own bikes.
You may get used to stretch.
A long stretch is what I like about a rode bike.
But that is just me.
If you still have the old bike measure it and compare it to the new one.

How tall are you?
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Each Bike Company has different ways to measure their own bikes.
You may get used to stretch.
A long stretch is what I like about a rode bike.
But that is just me.
If you still have the old bike measure it and compare it to the new one.

How tall are you?
Thanks for the post
I'm 5'11" with a 33.5 inseam. The following links show the frame dimensions for old and new bike. Although it's a comfy bike, there's a chance I started off with an ill-fitting bike and just got used to it. Perhaps the new bike is the correct fit? That's what I'm trying to determine (Bike shop says I've got 30 days to do so....). I just don't want to make a bad choice.

the 56 cm Iron Horse specs
http://www.ironhorsebikes.com/2007bikes/index.html

and the 58 cm Bianchi
http://www.bianchiusa.com/09-bicycle...-105-comp.html
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The 58 is Too Big for You.
Take it back.

You will Know when you have the perfect bike fit.
It just feels good.
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Any comments on the 55cm Bianchi? On comparison, it seems to have close to the same geometry specs as my 56 Iron Horse.
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Test a 55 Bianchi.
You will know when you find the correct fit.

My 1st road bike was too tall with a short top tube.
Nothing helped it fit properly.

Found a Felt F-80 60cm on Sale and everything on it Fit me.
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