Tri bike sizing
I am constantly scrounging craigslist for a nice deal on a tri bike but I am unsure about what frame size I should be looking for. I ride a 56 (I'm 5'11" but have long legs/short torso which sometimes makes sizing a challenge) in a road bike but don't know if tri bikes are sized comparably. Obviously I would get a fit if I ever buy or find one I am seriously interested in, but for the moment when just looking at ad's does anyone have any advice on what range of frame size I should consider?
alpine cross trainer
You need to figure out what stack and reach will fit you for a tri bike. Go to a professional fitter first and he will tell you EXACTLY what stack and reach is best for you and your build then you can select a frame.
IMO Road bikes have a lot more leeway and there is less room for error with a tri bike. Getting into a comfortable aero position is what is most important on a tri bike so the bike really has to fit you well. The top tube length on a tri bike is more important than the seat post length. Most manufactures now list stack and reach measurements for their bikes.
not rocket science. if your fit and ride you will ajust to the new tribike....steeper twicky at first. I also ride 56 but have short legs 5'11" but 30 " inseam. rode a 54 tribike
I am 6' and the CC guy on the phone told me same thing about a Ridley Dean I am deciding to get. When I gave him my measurements and what road bike I currently have he said you normally will go down a size from your road bike to a tri bike.
Originally Posted by thehammerdog
what bike do you have already and what size is it?