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Old 03-14-11, 08:33 PM   #1
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Bikes that are geared towards people with stumpy legs.

Anything come to mind? I am 5'7" but my inseam is about 29" and I can't seem to even fit a XS (50cm) madison.

I know it's not all about the standover but I would like to at least be able to at a stop light or something. I currently have a 09 54cm allez and that seems to fit fine (my kids do touch the top tube when i am standing over it). Suggestions?
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Old 03-14-11, 09:00 PM   #2
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leaders are known for long top tubes in comparison to the other parts of the geometry
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Old 03-14-11, 09:16 PM   #3
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I am 5'8 ish and have a 29-30 ish inseam, 50-52 is ideal, but I ride a 48cm, because it was available at the time. As always, best way to find out if a bike fits is to have it set up properly and then ride it before you buy it.
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it's not so much the gear ratio you need to be concerned with when you have short legs, it's the crank arm length

this is important when you are shorted/have short legs as your feet wont have to move as far relative to each other as when you have longer crank arms

go for something in a 160mm range and you should be fine
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If you get to run 160mm cranks consider yourself lucky. Well, except for your stumpy sausage legs.
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Anything come to mind? I am 5'7" but my inseam is about 29" and I can't seem to even fit a XS (50cm) madison.
Are you sure? What size pants do you wear? I've never measured my inseam but I'm 5'8", wear 30-30 pants and I usually ride a 56cm. My fixed gear is currently a 62cm. It's probably too big for me, and I can't stand over it, but once I'm riding I don't know the difference because the top tube is the same length as my road bike.

Stand over really isn't important. I can put one foot down on my tall bike without problems. Look for frames with long top tubes relative to their seat-tubes if you're really that out of proportion.
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it's not so much the gear ratio you need to be concerned with when you have short legs, it's the crank arm length

this is important when you are shorted/have short legs as your feet wont have to move as far relative to each other as when you have longer crank arms

go for something in a 160mm range and you should be fine
I was more concerned about frame geometry, namely top tubes.
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Are you sure? What size pants do you wear? I've never measured my inseam but I'm 5'8", wear 30-30 pants and I usually ride a 56cm. My fixed gear is currently a 62cm. It's probably too big for me, and I can't stand over it, but once I'm riding I don't know the difference because the top tube is the same length as my road bike.

Stand over really isn't important. I can put one foot down on my tall bike without problems. Look for frames with long top tubes relative to their seat-tubes if you're really that out of proportion.
I normally wear 30-30 pants as well, but I need to get them altered for length.
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If you get to run 160mm cranks consider yourself lucky. Well, except for your stumpy sausage legs.
longer crank arms are for people with longer legs? what's does a bike normally come with?
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Old 03-14-11, 11:25 PM   #10
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Little taller than five nine-ish.

27x28. Hard to find pants, yo.

Ride 52 square. Long stem for bullhorns. Shorter stem for the drops.
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longer crank arms are for people with longer legs? what's does a bike normally come with?
165mm seems to be the norm for the smaller sizes and 170mm for the bigger size.
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i run 170-172.5mm on all my fg and road bikes but i run 130mm on my bmx as it makes it easier to pedal when seated and still get plenty of torque standing up
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Take a look at bikes with sloping top tubes(compact geometry), such as the Langster. They'll give you the short seat tube without shortening the reach.

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Take a look at bikes with sloping top tubes(compact geometry), such as the Langster. They'll give you the short seat tube without shortening the top tube.
+1 ....Didn't want to be the one to say it.

Still, **** a sloping TT.
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Whadya gonna do? If it fits, it fits.
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I'm 5'-5 1/2" with 28.5" inseam but I still prefer longer cranks (175mm). Probably from all the years of mountain bike riding.
I know stand over height isn't that important, but I hate having a bike with only one or two inches of seatpost exposed.
I had a 54cm Allez, too (got stolen). The sloping top tube sure makes a lot of difference.

I'm in the market for a new steel ss myself. A size 49 Soma Rush is one on my short list.
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The All-City Big Block may be an option. I ride a 52cm which means that the seat tube is 52cm and the top tube is 55cm.
http://allcitycycles.com/bikes/big_block_frameset/
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longer crank arms are for people with longer legs? what's does a bike normally come with?
Most road cranks are 170mm-175mm, depending on the size of the frame and how much thought the maker put into it. Fixed gear's tend to be 165mm to 170mm for safety sake.

I feel your pain though, I'm 6'4 with a long torso and short for my height legs.
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+1 ....Didn't want to be the one to say it.

Still, **** a sloping TT.
Yes, because a lighter, stiffer frame with better ergonomics for a nonrace bike is *such* a bad idea.
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Yes, because a lighter, stiffer frame with better ergonomics for a nonrace bike is *such* a bad idea.
Just call me nostalgic.
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