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Old 09-24-02, 06:27 PM
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John E
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Everyone assumes that a smaller frame is safer, particularly for offroad cycling. However, as the exposed length of seat post increases, so does the stress on it, even if the post is not over-extended. A broken seat post is not a pretty sight ...

At 5'8", I would consider a 17" frame ideal. My 5'10" elder son is OK with his 17" frame, but I do need to buy a longer seat post to give him a full leg extension safely.
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Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324
Capo: 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
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