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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-08-09, 12:32 AM   #1
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5'7" - 5'8" FG/SS riders, size do you ride?

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Old 01-08-09, 12:38 AM   #2
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I'm 5'8" and I ride a 53
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Old 01-08-09, 12:40 AM   #3
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54cm top tube but I think that I'll probably shoot for a 52-ish top tube on my next frame now that I know that I have long legs and a tiny upper body. Plus it looks more pro.
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Old 01-08-09, 12:43 AM   #4
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If you really want to be tarck, get a 61 and slam the seat.
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Old 01-08-09, 12:44 AM   #5
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54 FTP. Though I think they run a bit small?
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Every individual is different and if you were to be professionally fitted you would find that there is a range of sizes one might ride and a lot of that has to do with the specific geometries of different bikes.

At 5 foot nine my perfect size can be 50-55 cm, depending on bike setup... my road bike is a 50 and my fixed road bike is also a 50 but the much higher stand over of the fg makes it more like a 54 in that respect.

Most crucial is the tt length as this can make or break a bike...
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Old 01-08-09, 01:16 AM   #7
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My son is 5'7" and we've built up two fixie conversions.

1st) The Bianchi has a 51cm seat tube, so we compensated with a long 120mm stem and some nice Profile Design wing-style bullhorns to stretch him out on the bike. It feels great, even to me at 5"10".

2nd) A Peugeot with a 56cm seat tube, which is my nominal size. We put risers on this one for a more upright position. Again, it feels great to both of us.

So, you can make a bike fit, and it's not necessarily a compromise, if you do it right.
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53cm (545mm TT).
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Old 01-08-09, 04:23 AM   #9
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I'm 5'7", got a 50 and 51.
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Old 01-08-09, 04:35 AM   #10
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I am 5'7" with a 31.2 cycling inseam.

I ride a 50cm Kilo and a SM Madison.

They look right:




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5' 8" and I have frames from 52cm to 54cm

52cm Bianchi San Jose


I have long legs and short torso for my height.
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Old 01-08-09, 06:43 AM   #12
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you guys all ride tiny bikes.

I am 5'8"-5'9" with an apx 32" inseam and I have been riding around on a 57cm x 57cm conversion for 7 months. Admittedly it's a little large so I have a 55cm leader 725tr frame on pre-order with all new components for a fun new build.
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That is too large. My road bike's top tube is 55cm and I had to shorten the stem to a 90mm to get the fit right. 80cm inseam (31.5")
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you guys all ride tiny bikes.

I am 5'8"-5'9" with an apx 32" inseam and I have been riding around on a 57cm x 57cm conversion for 7 months. Admittedly it's a little large so I have a 55cm leader 725tr frame on pre-order with all new components for a fun new build.
Huh, OK. Tell that to me nuts! My last horizontal TT Road bike was SCOTT Speedster in size 54cm. Again, Just enough to clear the boys.
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you guys all ride tiny bikes.

I am 5'8"-5'9" with an apx 32" inseam and I have been riding around on a 57cm x 57cm conversion for 7 months. Admittedly it's a little large so I have a 55cm leader 725tr frame on pre-order with all new components for a fun new build.
I'm about the same size. I like a 56CM TT. I'm really not much into small frames with a foot of seat tube sticking out. Most young guys go for smaller frames than they should. They believe their saving a few grams doing it. To each his own I guess.
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I'm 5'8" and I feel like I have slightly shorter legs, or else I like more stand over height, 28 inseam realistically, and I prefer 50-52cm frames depending on the bars and frame geometry.
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51cm Leader. This bike has a 55cm top tube though. I have a 30" inseam. I'm also 5 foot 7, but i use a 130mm stem to make up for my short legs/long torso.
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I'm 5'8" but I have long legs (33.5" cycling inseam) and my bikes are 56 and 58. The 56 actually has the seat post about 2mm above min insertion (OK, it's only a 200mm post). Top tubes are 56 on both.

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5'7" and I ride a 52cm Windsor Hour. I could probably ride a 54cm but the boys would most likely be resting.
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you guys all ride tiny bikes.

I am 5'8"-5'9" with an apx 32" inseam and I have been riding around on a 57cm x 57cm conversion for 7 months. Admittedly it's a little large so I have a 55cm leader 725tr frame on pre-order with all new components for a fun new build.
With those measurements the 55 is going to be at your upper limit for stand over height... I have also owned and ridden taller frames as I have a pretty decent reach for my height.

Some manufacturers build bikes with longer TT lengths relative to the ST measurement... in the mountain biking world Gary Fisher's and Rocky Mountain bikes are well known for this.

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Old 01-08-09, 06:31 PM   #21
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5'9", 56cm FTP.
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Old 01-08-09, 06:50 PM   #22
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I'm 5'8" with like just shy of a 30" cycling inseam. I ride a 53 IRO mark v, it seems to fit pretty well.
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5'8", with 29.5" cycling inseam. i ride a 52 bareknuckle, and a 52.5 TT/52.5 ST IF crown jewel.

the bareknuckle is 52ST 54TT 56DT if i remember correctly. a little long for me.
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im about 5'6 around there.

i ride a 55cm Bianchi Pista
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I'm 5'7" and I ride a 54cm Capo (54.5 TT) most of the time.
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