Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes: 3 Speeds, DIY Recumbent Trike, Sun Tomahawk
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Welcome! The old Continentals were rather heavy, "lightweight" bikes, probably over 30 pounds.
Fit is more important than weight, though. But, it seems like a LOT of people got way too big bikes
back when the Continentals were made. I don't want to get into a contentious situation, but a
rough fit would be, seat tube center of cranks to top of seat tube should be 10" less than your
inside leg, top tube should be such that you can touch the bars with your elbow against the
saddle nose. The old bikes like the Continental could be an instrument of torture that would
put you off cycling, particularly if ill fitted. I see you watching the English 3 speed posts, too.
Those old bikes could be very comfy, a bit heavy and not fast, but much more approachable
than the older road bikes.