Older I get, Better I was
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Greenfield Lake, Wilmington NC
Bikes: '14 BD Lurch Fatbike, '10 custom road,'06 custom expedition, '94 Yokota Tandem, '88 custom MTB
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when I worked in a bike shop 25 years ago the basic calculation for frame size ( level toptube) was the inseam minus 9 " for example I have an inseam of 34+ .I am most comfortable on a 25" (64cm) frame. It sounds big but once you get over the fear you will ruin yourself on the top tube, you usually end up with a very comfortable ride. Rivendell sizes thier bikes in a similar fashion ( saddle height-6") which is probaly more accurate since it factors in crank length. If you go for a sloping toptube bike you want to look at standover in the middle of the toptube.
Bruce builds a good bike but a 56cm frame for someone who at the least should be on a 64cm frame IMO is a bad idea. I think the BLT has a top tube slope of about 4 cm but IMO a 60cm ( 56 +4cm) effective seat tube length is still small, you will need all of a Nitto technomic stem sticking up just to get close to a handlebar postition that is level with the saddle
I'm not sure what Bruce gets for a BLT these days but you might want to compare prices with Rivendell
Also check out Tom Teesdale in Iowa he has been building his own bikes and boutique bikes for the major bike labels for a long time. www.tetcycles.com
. For a maybe a few bucks more than a BG or off the rack Rivendell. he could build you a custom.
Last edited by velonomad; 01-06-05 at 08:27 AM.