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Old 12-13-05, 06:40 PM   #1
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Can't find a frame! Suggestions?

Hello fellow forum friends. My track bike is too big for me and I need a new frame, but I can't find one. I'm looking to buy a used, steel, lugged, track frame because I like track geometry. I'm about 5'8" so I think I need a 50cm, but I can never find them and they're hardly ever on eBay. I've rummaged craigslist for months, but no luck. I can't spend a lot (college student syndrom) so I know I'm hard pressed to find one. Any suggestions? Does anyone have an old frame they're not using? Thanks everyone.
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Old 12-13-05, 06:48 PM   #2
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I think you could safely go up a few cm, but what do I know?

However, I have a 5'2" friend who rides a 50, and I'm 5'10 and ride a 57 (its a bit big, but not enough to bother me)

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Old 12-13-05, 06:54 PM   #3
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try looking for a larger size, perhaps.
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Well, I have a 53cm now and it's too big. However, I think it's a 53 c-c.
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slightly o/t, but it amazes me how small most folks' frames are. I'm 6'1" and even my 'fast' bike is a 59. I prefer around a 61 or 62 for comfort. I see folks my size on 53's and 55's and wonder how they can do that...
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^ I concur
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Hello fellow forum friends. My track bike is too big for me and I need a new frame, but I can't find one. I'm looking to buy a used, steel, lugged, track frame because I like track geometry. I'm about 5'8" so I think I need a 50cm, but I can never find them and they're hardly ever on eBay. I've rummaged craigslist for months, but no luck. I can't spend a lot (college student syndrom) so I know I'm hard pressed to find one. Any suggestions? Does anyone have an old frame they're not using? Thanks everyone.
i'm 5'7 and i ride 52cm - 53cm, do you have short legs for your height?
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is your current bike "too big" because the top tube hits your crotch? if so, then the 50 might be ok. i'm 5'5" and i ride a 48 or 49 (even though i could manage a 50 or 51) because those size bikes usually have short top tubes (around 50 or 51). my problem is that i have short arms, so if i have over a 52 top tube i am way stretched out. anyway... good luck!
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I don't really know if I have short legs or not, but i do hit my crotch on the top tube of my 53. That's why I figured I needed a 50.
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i'd make some measurements before you go buying a new frame, at least of your inseam.

that will give you a better idea of what size frame you need. (if you can afford, go get fitted at a bike shop. usually costs $70 - $100).
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