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Old 09-13-07, 10:16 AM   #1
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Buy Iro without a test ride?

Just recently had my road bike stolen, and just started bike shopping for a new one. I always wanted a fixed gear, so I figure this is the perfect time to get one. The IROs really appeal to me, but the only issue is that there is no IRO dealer anywhere near me, so I can't test ride one.

So my question is: do people here usually just buy an IRO without testing it (if they don't live near a dealer), just getting one based on the frame size and geometry?

Any help is appreciated!
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Old 09-13-07, 10:20 AM   #2
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that's what i did, and i'm in love with it.
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that's what i did, and i'm in love with it.
Me too, as well as my girlfriend.
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Did you choose your IRO bike size based on your previous bike size(s)? Because I know different bike makers differ on frame sizing.

Or did you try to use an online fit calculator like this: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...CULATOR_INTRO?

Thanks.
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I've been seriously thinking about getting a Mark V without a testride myself ...so can we start the next group buy already?
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The nice folks at Spicer also have the KHS frame http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cg...andard%20Steel
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Old 09-13-07, 12:31 PM   #7
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i used a calc, but also judged by how my SS conversion fit me.
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I bought mine without test riding it. I ended up changing out the stem for better fit, but that was really all. It is by far my favorite thing to ride (which is sometimes sad, as my road bike easily cost twice as much :/ )
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Did you choose your IRO bike size based on your previous bike size(s)? Because I know different bike makers differ on frame sizing.

Or did you try to use an online fit calculator like this: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...CULATOR_INTRO?

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I test rode a bunch of diff bikes a various LBS, realized that I was consistently a 53-54cm...so I ordered 53.
The IRO 53 was a bit shorter than the others, I think, but the BB is appropriately high off the ground.

Fits me great...super light. I'm still trying to figure out seat vs pedal positioning, and how that seat change relates to my handlebars. My first fixed, I think the lightness and geometry simply has made me very aware of minor changes in efficiency, and i'm trying to perfect it. But I'm very happy.
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i normally ride a 63cm road frame. i stood over a 62cm surly at the lbs and could barely clear the top tube. so i ordered a 59cm mark v and it fits perfectly.
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My last road frame was 59 cm, and comparing the geometry of that bike to the Jamie Roy (which is what I want) the specs are very similiar. The listed standover height for the JR is actually half an inch less than my last road bike, and most of the other specs are within a centimeter, so I feel pretty confident going with the 59 cm JR. Hopefully it fits right. Thanks for all the help!
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Me too, as well as my girlfriend.

Me too i bought my girlfriend first wo riding her....

Now i ride her every nite... hahah
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damn, i'm the only downer here? i would DEFINITELY test ride it...

it also depends on what you want it for. my group buy frame has way too much toe overlap (makes trackstanding @ lights difficult) even with the long wheelbase (not as nimble as i would like) to be considered an ideal city bike, but is definitely nice for longer rides (once i jacked my stem and seat up high enough to compensate for the short seattube) with less stop and go.

all of this leads me to believe that i probably should have ordered a 59 (i usually ride 56). that said, i wouldn't want one that 'fits': the wheelbase would just be way too long.
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I'm kind of annoyed by the toe overlap on my IRO, too. It's actually greater than that on my keirin frame, of all things. It very rarely effects me though; if you can trackstand correctly, then it should never be a problem.
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damn, i'm the only downer here? i would DEFINITELY test ride it...

it also depends on what you want it for. my group buy frame has way too much toe overlap (makes trackstanding @ lights difficult) even with the long wheelbase (not as nimble as i would like) to be considered an ideal city bike, but is definitely nice for longer rides (once i jacked my stem and seat up high enough to compensate for the short seattube) with less stop and go.

all of this leads me to believe that i probably should have ordered a 59 (i usually ride 56). that said, i wouldn't want one that 'fits': the wheelbase would just be way too long.
Do you ride a Jamie Roy?
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He rides the group buy frame, which is the same geometry as the Mark V/Angus (although I guess the Angus doesn't exist anymore).
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yeah, i rock the group buy frame...

and...

if you can trackstand correctly, then it should never be a problem.

touché.

oddly, i have no problems on other bikes though... maybe a stiffness issue? gearing, or yeah, maybe an improper technique thing. either way, a no-handed trackstand on my uno feels more stable than both-hands-on-the- bars gb frame.

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