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Old 04-26-10, 12:41 PM   #1
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Sell my bike? I think it's too small...

I am 6 feet tall and ride a 55cm raleigh rush hour. I finally settled on a seat position which is comfortable for me and honestly it's pretty high. I think the bike is too small, but I don't know if it's a properly sized bike would help any. Here is a picture:



My seat is actually a bit higher than in this picture, maybe an inch or so. My wrists and back hurt a bit when I ride for extended periods of time. Do you think it's worth it to sell it and get a properly sized BD bike or similar? Would those be too much of a downgrade? Also, any estimates of what I could sell it for in NYC/brooklyn?
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Old 04-26-10, 01:29 PM   #2
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looks fine to me . sounds to me like you need to strengthen your abdomen or maybe try some risers out?
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Old 04-26-10, 01:40 PM   #3
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+1

Try out some different bars and have fun experimenting.
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yeah, doesn't look too bad. maybe a setback seatpost? could help as well?
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Different bars, either risers or mustache could help. As could moving your brake levers away from the stem and towards the ends of the bullhorns. That would put your hands in a different position and increase your reach. You could also try a longer and/or higher angle stem.

The best thing to do, if you want to try to make this frame work, may be to talk to the people at your LBS about fit and how you could adjust things to work better for your body type.
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Spend an hour with an experienced bike fitter. The money you spend there will not be much compared to the loss you will take by selling one bike to buy another.

Measure twice. Cut once.
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Your bars don't look very comfy to me.I would recommend some road drops. I am 6'4 and ride a 58cm c-t frame. There is more seat post than the average bike on here but my bb is pretty high.
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Your bars don't look very comfy to me.I would recommend some road drops. I am 6'4 and ride a 58cm c-t frame. There is more seat post than the average bike on here but my bb is pretty high.
The man just started riding bikes, is experiencing wrist pains and you want him to try bars that put him into a more physically demanding position?

GO GET FITTED!!!!!
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I don't think road drops are more physically demanding. I used to ride bullhorns and found them to be rough on my wrists. I agree he should go get fitted but I would recommend road drops as opposed to bullhorns, risers or track drops(a lot of people use these on the street for some reason). I also didn't know he just started riding bikes.
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You bought a track bike with pretty aggressive geometry, looks about right to me.
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Hahaha!

How can you guys say what's right or not without seeing the rider?

Does this jacket fit the OP, too?




Road bikes come in 2cm incriments and are then micro-adjusted by millimeters. Buying the wrong sized bike is common. Buying the wrong sized bike and not adjusting the seatpost, saddle, & stem are also common.
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You bought a track bike with pretty aggressive geometry, looks about right to me.
The Rush Hour does not have an aggressive geometry.
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Normally, I would ask for a photo of your girlfriend/wife/sister with the bike, but if you want internetz advice on fit, you should post a photo of yourself on the bike.

I see a full stack of headset spacers (I hope their carbon fiber) already, so it may be too small. But if you don't have the money for a proper fitting, and don't want to lose a chunk of change selling it at a loss, then there are a few guys here that offer good advice.
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The Rush Hour does not have an aggressive geometry.
Looks aggressive to me. Certainly not going to get the bars above the saddle with that job, not exactly a beach cruiser.
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I hope their carbon fiber is better at grammar than you!

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i noes wot u r saying its liek taht guy hu was liek askin qweshuns an kept rmabling inkoheareant like an noone no wot he woz sayin
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First change the bartape and bars, just hideous. I'm 6'1 and ride 58 and sometimes it feels small. So maybe you should get a 56/58. Test ride one.
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HTFU! I think you need to flip the stem, flatten out the Horns to be parrallel to the ground and put some TT reverse pull levers on it. Ride more and get stronger. Often back pain occurs from not being stretched out enough. And your saddle to bar drop is not big at all!
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