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    what is your height/inseam?

    ok, strange question, but i'm new to biking and am curious about bike sizes.

    i'm 6'2 1/2" and everything i've read so far points to a 60cm frame, but i've tried them at the lbs and the are too big, a 57cm fit me well. my problem is i'm looking for bikes on ebay so i can't try them out.

    if i measure my inseam from the top inside of leg right down to the bottom of my heal i get 35 1/2 inches. are my legs disproportionately short?

    what's everyone's height and inseam measure?

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    6'2" at 32" inseam. I ride a 60cm frame, but with compact geometry so I can stand over it safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imho4ep
    ok, strange question, but i'm new to biking and am curious about bike sizes.

    i'm 6'2 1/2" and everything i've read so far points to a 60cm frame, but i've tried them at the lbs and the are too big, a 57cm fit me well. my problem is i'm looking for bikes on ebay so i can't try them out.

    if i measure my inseam from the top inside of leg right down to the bottom of my heal i get 35 1/2 inches. are my legs disproportionately short?

    what's everyone's height and inseam measure?

    thanks.

    That's actually my measurements too, and I'm on a 60cm. The top tube almost hits the pills when I stand over it, there's maybe half a cm of clearance.
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    You have the same setup as my little brother ( I say little, I should say younger as he is a 4" taller than I am ). He is 6'2" with a 33" inseam and rides a 58 cm road rig. On note however, not all frames are created equal. Different bike mfg's and models will fit you differently. Try a bunch at the LBS and find one that you like. If you purchase a bike on EBay take it to your LBS and have them tune it and buy all of your goodies from them.

    Hope that this helps out.

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    I'm 5'9" with a 30" inseam and road a 57 cm for a long time, there was a bit of crowding one could say but the top tube length made it worth it.

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    6'1" w/35.25" cycling inseam. Ride a 61cm c-t-t mild sloping top tube bike. Plenty of standover room. 586mm top tube length with 72.5deg seat tube angle. Bike frames from different manufacturers even in the same size vary a lot. What you think fits now will likely not in terms of top tube length after 1000 miles when you stretch out for more speed. Choosing a bike frame is also a personal decision. I find some simply prefer small bikes and others like bigger bikes. I prefer the latter so I can stretch out.
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    I am 5'11", 35 inch inseam... I ride a 56, I have about 3.5 inches of standover height..

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    6'6", 39 inch inseem, 63 cm bike that does not fit
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    5'2" and inseam is less than 28" I've got a 51cm and its a little big. I've got no torso length to speak of, so the toptube is to long
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    5'11 32 inch inseam, 58 frame.

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    6'3", 37" inseam, ride 61 - 62 cm frames, cause I want a 58 cm top tube.
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    6' 2.5" and I wear 34" inseam pants if that tells you anything. I ride 59cm bikes - anything larger is too stretched out on the top tube. 59's fit me fine.
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    5'8.5" 30" inseam, custom 53cm

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    5'7", 31" inseam, riding a 54cm seat tube, 54.5 top tube with 90mm stem.

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    I am small, really small 1.63 m, 74 cm inseam. I have 2 road bicycles 48 and 49 frame size

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    5'9 - use 32" jeans - 54cm frame

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    6' 1" - 35.5". 59cm toptube. 13cm stem

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    Six feet even with a 33.75" cycling inseam. Ride a 55 Lemond, 56 Santana, 57 Lemond and a 58 Trek.

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    Don't feel weird.

    I got measured at 2 different LBS's and they both suggested a 58 for me. I'm 6'3" with an overly long torso i guess.

    I just got my trek 1000 like a month ago, and have never ridden road bikes before. I wasn't quite sure how a road bike was supposed to feel. After a few hundred miles, I am pretty sure this is a good fit. I still have some adjustments to make, though. My posterior kills after about mile 15, and I think my arms are carrying too much weight.

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    Folks constantly confuse, and misunderstand the words "inseam" and "leg length". "Inseam" and "leg length" are two different measurements, and only ONE is helpful for selecting the correct size of road bike frame.

    The folks at Rivendell fit their bikes using a measurement of "pubic bone" to the floor. Gotta use a yardstick or something hard to pull up with some firmness to get past the soft bits until you hit the pubic bone. Then, measure from the top of that stick on down to the floor.

    I am about 5' 9" 1/2 tall with a slack's inseam of 32 inches. Using the Rivendell method, my leg length "to the bone" is 35 inches. If your tailor cuffs your slacks to just brush against the top of your shoes, your leg length is likely to be two or three inches MORE than your slack's inseam.

    My most comfortable fitting road bike is a size 58 (23 inches), with a "stand-over of 32 1/2 inches. With my leg length of almost 35 inches, standing over a 32 1/2 inches high frame provides a riding position that is dead-on perfect.

    Yet, most Houston bike store techs would claim that a guy with a 32 inch inseam ought to be riding a bike that is size 54 or 55. That would put the bars two or three inches lower than the top of my saddle, stretch me waay out to reach the bars, and shift my weight forward onto my hands. Really silly, but that's the "fashion" for road bikes in the year 2005.
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    188 cm, 85.5 cm inseam. (short legs)
    61cm semi-compact frame. 59cm TT.

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    6 foot, 33 1/2 inseam I ride a 54 Cannondale, 57 Serotta, 56 Kestrel, 57 Raleigh, 58 Benotto, and 56 Santana (someday).
    Also a 58/53 Santana tandem, and have ridden Captain and Stoker positions comfortably. My most important measurement is between a 55 and 56 top tube and I need 77 from the center of the crank straight up the seat tube to top level on the saddle. The rest can be adjusted with stem and bars.

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    im 5'11 and its 32" to my boys. i ride a 56 trek 1000 and thinking of a lemond 57 for my next bike

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    I have a 35" inseam and ride a 56 cm frame


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