surly old man
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Bikes: IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
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I think that was me that made that comment. I am not sure I have ever heard anyone else espouse it, so maybe it is just a quirk with me. So take it with a grain of salt.
But, for me, I feel more at ease with a small frame that I can more easily stabilize in dicey conditions. Ordinarily, I like to be perched way up on as large a frame as I can get. In fact, I mostly ride an older road bike with a level top tube that give me only about an inch of crotch clearance. But on ice and snow, I want to be able to move around up there if needed to avoid a fall, or to fall more softly. So, in the winter I ride an old rigid MTB with a long top tube, but a smallish seat tube and long seatpost. Not freakishly small, mind you. But significantly smaller.
You asked if bike fit is still key. Yes it is. If you are covering any distance at all, you need to fit the bike well. There really is no comprimising that. But, I cheat a little with the seatpost and stem/bars to make it work.
Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...