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    Please help! Med or Large Frame?

    My last bike was 19" and I was able to ride it only at the saddles lowest position, I barely cleared the top tube (~1"). I'm going to get a used bike but am considering going 17" and raising the saddle. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, and have a 30" inseam. Would 17" be possibly to small for me? I know riding a bike in person is the best way to figure it out but in my search for used bikes I need to know if I should be looking at medium frames (17") or large frames (19"). Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike09
    My last bike was 19" and I was able to ride it only at the saddles lowest position, I barely cleared the top tube (~1"). I'm going to get a used bike but am considering going 17" and raising the saddle. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, and have a 30" inseam. Would 17" be possibly to small for me? I know riding a bike in person is the best way to figure it out but in my search for used bikes I need to know if I should be looking at medium frames (17") or large frames (19"). Thanks for your help!
    I am 5'9" with a 32" inseam and ride a 17" Kona hardtail and a Medium Turner Flux.
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    I’m 5’7” with a 30” inseam and my Giant has a 17” frame.

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    I'm 6'0" and have a 31" inseam and ride a medium (17") Specialized Enduro.
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    Im 5' 10" with a 32" inseam, and i ride a 17" trail bike and 19" commuter.

    I would think a 17" would be perfect for you. But you won't know until you sit on the bike.

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    5'9,

    I ride a medium.

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    5'10" I ride a large, but sounds like you should get a medium. May not fit exactly right, but probably better.

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    medium sounds like the right fit for you, but check it out on the bike you want before you plunk down the cash!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike09
    My last bike was 19" and I was able to ride it only at the saddles lowest position, I barely cleared the top tube (~1"). I'm going to get a used bike but am considering going 17" and raising the saddle. I'm 5'10", 180lbs, and have a 30" inseam. Would 17" be possibly to small for me? I know riding a bike in person is the best way to figure it out but in my search for used bikes I need to know if I should be looking at medium frames (17") or large frames (19"). Thanks for your help!
    Dont forget that different manufacturer sizings can also differ.
    But i would state that that frame you mention is way to big.
    You need atleast a couple of inches between your crotch & top tube
    Last edited by Big_knob; 02-07-07 at 05:34 PM.

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    I'd get a 17" (medium) if I were you.
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    5' 10" medium/17"...
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    I'm 5'11", have a 32.5" inseam and ride a Large (Specialized).
    See ya!!!

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    5' 11", 33.5" inseam - 17.5" frame with plenty o' post

    You'll never know for sure until you throw a leg over the bike, but I'd generally err on the side of smallness.
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    I have a 30" inseam and only ride 17" frames. My son is 6" with a 30.5" inseam, but also rides 17" frame.
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    Take into consideration the top tube length also.
    When all else fails, read the directions.


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    How about you visit the site for each of the bikes you are considering to buy to find out your size. Most of the bike companies have a size configurator...

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    I'm 5'10" with a 68" inseam and ride a 13" frame.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
    I'm 5'10" with a 68" inseam and ride a 13" frame.
    That means you have a 1" torso. My daughters used to draw people that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    That means you have a 1" torso. My daughters used to draw people that way.
    I'm all legs, what can I say? But, we shouldn't get hung up on me. We're helping a fellow forum member choose an appropriately sized bike while sitting at a computer many miles away.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
    I'm all legs, what can I say? But, we shouldn't get hung up on me. We're helping a fellow forum member choose an appropriately sized bike while sitting at a computer many miles away.
    Tsk tsk. Many kilometers away. I'm Canadian, eh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    That means you have a 1" torso. My daughters used to draw people that way.
    and a 1" head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    Tsk tsk. Many kilometers away. I'm Canadian, eh?
    Right. Many miles. And even more kilometers.
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    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkyard
    Right. Many miles. And even more kilometers.
    Metric was created to improve self-esteem.

    200 lbs? No, 90 kg.
    Ride a century? Pffft, how about 160 km.

    You can apply to any measurement you have low-esteem about. For instance, try converting from inches to cm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santiago
    You can apply to any measurement you have low-esteem about. For instance, try converting from inches to cm.
    Nice. I see where you're going with this.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    I am 1.2564347494 x 10^ -11 AU tall and I ride a large.

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