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Old 07-26-08, 07:02 PM   #1
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Schwinn Madison crazy size

So after much thought, I decided to invest in a new fixed gear bike. After countless nights of searching craigslist for random parts and trying to build a fixed gear, I came upon the Schwinn Madison. Seems like it's a good bike for the price. However, the dilemma I'm having is that damn size. I am 5'10" and ride a 56 cm frame on a regular bike frame. My inseam is 33 inches when I'm simulating an actual bike seat. The sizing chart on Schwinn puts me right between M and L. I've read some people saying that L works and some people are tell me to get a size smaller. What is the best size for me?

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Old 07-26-08, 07:40 PM   #2
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I am 5'10" and ride a 56 cm frame on a regular bike frame. My inseam is 33 inches when I'm simulating an actual bike seat.
You and I could be twins. I am exactly the same height and inseam, and also ride a 56.

If you look at the top tube and stand over, the Large is very close to a traditional 56. The only gotcha is the steep head angle. If you want a fast handling bike your fine, just be aware.

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The guys at Rivendell Cycles have their own philosophy about bike set-up, and I believe that the Schwinn sizing system might be very similar. I personally like the Rivendell philosophy, for my style of riding -- which is commuting and generally riding for fun. Read this article thoroughly (if you haven't), and then, if you ever have an afternoon, read the rest of the articles available on their site.

http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_...g_a_frame_size

The Madison, by today's bike industry standard, tends to run one-size larger. If you read the article in the link above, you will see the advantage behind this classical sizing system. Good luck. I love my Madison!
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Old 07-27-08, 10:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I should get the L then. After reading the article on Rivendell's site, it states that I should get a seat tube height of 57.5-58cm.
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Definitely the medium. I'm a bit taller than you and the medium I have is perfect, I wouldn't want an L. Test ride it and see what I mean.
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