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    Motobecane Fixie Cafe - Geometry Question

    I am looking for a bike for my wife. She's short and has already been fitted at an LBS. The bike I am interested in is from BD (NEW Motobecane Fixie Cafe). I was looking at the geometry but something seems really off.

    Geometry: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...fixie-geo.html

    geo.jpg

    Bike description: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...-bar-bikes.htm

    The stand over (SO) is 501mm for a 43cm bike ... is that possible on a 700c bike with a 'sort of' horizontal TT? The other SO numbers look super low too.

    Photo of the bike:
    fixie-cafe-blk-500.jpg

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    UPDATE: I've checked with BD (who checked with Motobecane). SO for 43cm is 685cm. Must be a typo on the website. I know the question must have seemed ridiculous but I'm a bike noob.
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    Last edited by flatwhite; 04-23-14 at 07:35 PM.

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    That's just a bit over 2 feet. Yeah that's wrong.
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    50cm is less than 2 feet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesCraps View Post
    50cm is less than 2 feet...
    Awe, c'mon, he's a 'murican. We don't do that silly metric stuff over here.
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    Meant to say under, but whatevs.

    That was actually my first time ever in my life using the metric system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    That was actually my first time ever in my life using the metric system.
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    COME ON GUYS, 30 CM = 300MM = 1 Foot
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    Yeah, but what is the valence of hydrogen ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    Meant to say under, but whatevs.

    That was actually my first time ever in my life using the metric system.
    You never took a physics course?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesCraps View Post
    COME ON GUYS, 30 CM = 300MM = 1 Foot
    Approximation, right? 12 x 25.4 = 304.8 6mm per foot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
    You never took a physics course?
    Nope, Never.
    Aside from 40 units of it cause it's my major.

    But yeah, none beside those like 15 classes.
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    OP: I think what you should do is go back to LBS and buy a bike from the person who spent time sizing your wife to a bike and answering all your questions.
    bike. throw. #MFDCR

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91MF View Post
    OP: I think what you should do is go back to LBS and buy a bike from the person who spent time sizing your wife to a bike and answering all your questions.
    +1

    A few weeks ago we had a guy in the shop for about two hours asking questions about sizing, differences in components, etc. He wanted something with track geo and had similar proportions as me so I put my Bare Knuckle on a trainer, had him get on it and made a few adjustments. I even switched out the stem to something shorter because his arms weren't quite as long. He left knowing a lot more than when he came in. I even wrote it all down for him.

    He came back the other day with a ****ing Kilo TT (that was too big for him), complaining that the "crankset was slipping".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    +1

    A few weeks ago we had a guy in the shop for about two hours asking questions about sizing, differences in components, etc. He wanted something with track geo and had similar proportions as me so I put my Bare Knuckle on a trainer, had him get on it and made a few adjustments. I even switched out the stem to something shorter because his arms weren't quite as long.

    He came back the other day with a ****ing Kilo TT (that was too big for him), complaining that the "crankset was slipping".
    gross.

    somewhat similar, I work in the auto industry on a dealership level and there is nothing I hate more than when a customer comes in for a repair or concern and explains to me how it 'shouldn't take that long'

    apparently a persons expertise is free now. because internet.
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    That's the difference between retail and commercial businesses. As a professional engineer, only paying customers received any consulting advice from me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
    Approximation, right? 12 x 25.4 = 304.8 6mm per foot.
    Obvi.
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