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Old 07-10-09, 08:18 AM   #1
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Introduction, and Important Question

Hello all, I just recently have been in shop mode for a commuter style bicycle to replace the big uncomfortable mt bike from years past. On craigslist I found a like new condition 2006 specialized crossroads XC Expert for sale, and started researching. Turns out the frame, from Center of front gears, to top of frame seat post, is 16.5in. or roughly 43cm. I am 6'0 tall 185 lbs with 32 inseam. With the seat and handlebars at smallest setting the bike is too small, but adjusting to the maximum seat height and leaning handle bar forward, the bike feels great, so i am trying it out for 7 days.

I need your help, or opinions on whether my adjusting a small bike to my size is the same as buying a right sized bicycle. I got a good deal on the bike, what do you think it's worth?

Thanks for the welcome and responses!
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Old 07-10-09, 08:33 AM   #2
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Here at the specs for the 06 crossroads

http://www.specialized.com/ca/en/bc/...006&spid=21623

at 6' I would expect you would want the 55 or maybe the 58. You could fit a longer stem on it to get a bit more room. I fear you might end up feeling a bit cramped on that bike long term. I would prefer to start with a right sized bike, but if you can make it work for you is something that only you can decide.
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Thanks for the info. I do like the bike, but do feel the 'smallness' when riding. I've rode almost 25 miles in 2 days and it feels ok. It's a different ride than the MTB for sure. I dont want to spend much $ so, for the price (160) i dont think i can find a better deal, and can be comfortable with this bike adjusted for my size with handlebars/seat, etc.

Are there any other suggestions, or ideas about getting a used bike. Maybe I am kidding myself by raising the seat and moving handlebars forward, etc. and i should just uy a mtb bike with 700's.

Lets talk about this. I'd like to get to know this better.
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Turns out the frame, from Center of front gears, to top of frame seat post, is 16.5in. or roughly 43cm. I am 6'0 tall 185 lbs with 32 inseam.
Are you sure you measured it correctly? The smallest frame listed on the Specialized website is 49, which is 45.5 cm c-t.
I'm 6'-0" with a 30" inseam and ride a 57 cm frame.
Since you're taller than me you probably look like you're riding a kid's bike.


As jsharr suggested, look for something closer to your size, 55 or 58 cm frame size.
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Have to agree, it probably looks like you're riding a kids bike, but if you're comfortable on it then hey who really should care? Still, it may be the best at the time to stick with what you've got. Most people "getting back into it" find they need a different bike after 6 months or so anyway, so it may be best to get the muscles in shape and keep looking for good deals both at the LBS and on the used maket as well. Before just getting "a MTB with 700s" you may want put some thought to where and how far you plan on riding. Big difference in what type of bike you'd be best off buying.
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It is a good bike so if you find a better fitting bike you should have no trouble getting your money back by selling it on Craigslist. That seat tube length isnt that small because of the severely sloping top tube. You may be able to improve the comfort at a reasonable cost by swapping the riser bars for straight bars, with bar-end exrensions.
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Old 07-13-09, 09:51 AM   #8
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Thanks for the info all of you. I will keep the bike until I find something with a better fit , then i will sell this. If anyone is interested in buying in Michigan, let me know.
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Hey team, I need some of the ex[pert advice again! I have an opporutnity to buy a ncie looking
(from Craigslist photo) Trek 22' 7200 bicycle for 200$. a few dollars more than I paid for my 2006 Specialized Crossroads XC with a 17.5' seat post. Ive heard several of you say the 17in frame may be too small, im 6'. I often find myself wishing i could lean forward on long rides(2-10 miles) with the upright position. Wondering if this new Trek is the better deal. I know the specialized bike is the better quality bike, but if the trek fits better....that i might consider selling the Specialized, im sure for 200 or so.

Any thoughts and your time to share is appreciated! I love this forum!
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Treks are pretty sweet in general. I say if it fits better go for it. The bike you were talking about before sounds far too small. I'm 5'4" and I ride a 50cm frame that fits marvelously. There is nothing better than a bike that fits, you can ride it as far as your legs can take you.
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