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George Hincapie's bike - 53cm?

Old 01-05-10, 08:35 PM
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George Hincapie's bike - 53cm?

I enjoy professional cycling, and have gotten more in to it after a crazy summer of riding. I'm 6"3 and always enjoy looking for the taller guys on the tour (taller is relative in this sport of course).

When I found some pictures of Hincapie's bike, I swear it looks like a 53cm. Tiny:


I know that racers ride bikes on the small side, but that cannot feel good on a 150 mile ride. I have noticed that when I ride super small frames I ride much faster but also fatigue much faster.

It has to be an optical illusion - there's not even that much seatpost showing.


OK, some seatpost...

I think this shows that bike sizing can be both confusing and seriously over-thought...or tall guys just get screwed, perhaps. I like riding larger frames, 63cm or so, so its always frustrating looking through bike catalogs and seeing the "XL" as 58cm (I guess the compact frame thing changes it)
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Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
I think this shows that bike sizing can be both confusing and seriously over-thought.
Yes, you are overthinking it. What are you basing 53cm on?
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Oh and obligatory comment about being in the wrong forum...
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He's leaning around a bend in that top pic. Forshortening.
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thats not a 53cm. his other bikes were bigger too.

http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech/...antprspecial08
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and here is his current bike although they dont give the size.

http://www.roadbikeaction.com/fly.as...d=183&cid=1161
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I suppose I'm so used to looking at vintage steel bikes and their small tubes, it seems easier to tell size by looking on those bikes.

Thanks for the positive response.

Also, should this have gone in the road cycling forum (wasteland?)
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Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
Also, should this have gone in the road cycling forum (wasteland?)
That or the professional cycling forum...
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Duly noted.
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Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
I think this shows that bike sizing can be both confusing and seriously over-thought...or tall guys just get screwed, perhaps. I like riding larger frames, 63cm or so, so its always frustrating looking through bike catalogs and seeing the "XL" as 58cm (I guess the compact frame thing changes it)
People at both ends of the spectrum get screwed. I would argue that short people have it worse simply because what the bike industry considers "short" includes approximately 50% of all women period, for whom appropriately sized parts and frames simply do not exist for the most part.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Oh and obligatory comment about being in the wrong forum...
Originally Posted by Oregon Southpaw View Post
Should have gone into Road Cycling (wasteland)?
Welcome, No, nothing wrong with the question or where you put posted it Southpaw.
Some of the tools in this forum think its really funny to give noobs a hard time...
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
Welcome, No, nothing wrong with the question or where you put posted it Southpaw.
Some of the tools in this forum think its really funny to give noobs a hard time...
The professional cycling forum is generally a more appropriate location for questions about... professional cycling.

We did answer the question though.
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I'd guess it to be more like 58-ish. With a lot of seatpost and not many spacers.
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Is Richin a racer now or does he just like to hang out with racers????
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It is probably a 58.
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his jersey looks like a small, that's for sure!
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
Welcome, No, nothing wrong with the question or where you put posted it Southpaw.
Some of the tools in this forum think its really funny to give noobs a hard time...
I don't seem to have the same annoyance for you that others have but I can't seem to understand why you think any of what you wrote here to be true.
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I don't seem to have the same annoyance for you that others have but I can't seem to understand why you think any of what you wrote here to be true.
Hi G
It would seem that if anyone would know about racers and racing bikes it would be you guys. You guys are doing it all the time and you really enjoy it. You set you bikes up different than people who say would be riding centuries or training. So Southpaw asks a question and posts a picture. Just by looking at the picture one of you guys would be able to say "Yeah that guy is 6' and thats a 58 with a 130mm stem and racers ride smaller frames and longer stems so they can put more weight over the front wheel etc blah blah blah" and be freakin nice to a noob thats got like a only a few posts.

Instead he gets a "get the hell out". That sucks and its not the first time I've seen it happen.

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the specs on the Giant posted by Jynx:

Rider's height: 1.91m (6' 3") ; Weight: 74.8kg (165lb)
Seat tube length, c-c: 510mm
Seat tube length, c-t: 570mm
Top tube length: 560mm

Very misleading, the bike measures 51cm ctc but 57cm ctt due to drop and seat tube mast.
looks much smaller than it is.

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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
Hi G
It would seem that if anyone would know about racers and racing bikes it would be you guys. You guys are doing it all the time and you really enjoy it. You set you bikes up different than people who say would be riding centuries or training. So Southpaw asks a question and posts a picture. Just by looking at the picture one of you guys would be able to say "Yeah that guy is 6' and thats a 58 with a 130mm stem and racers ride smaller frames and longer stems so they can put more weight over the front wheel etc blah blah blah" and be freakin nice to a noob thats got like a only a few posts.

Instead he gets a "get the hell out". That sucks and its not the first time I've seen it happen.
Really, which post was that? I've just read every post on this thread and everyone was very polite. I agree that this should have gone in the pro cycling forum, umd was the only one that even hinted that it should be moved and he did without any drama....you on the other hand seem to want to start some drama.
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Originally Posted by RichinPeoria View Post
Hi G
It would seem that if anyone would know about racers and racing bikes it would be you guys. You guys are doing it all the time and you really enjoy it. You set you bikes up different than people who say would be riding centuries or training. So Southpaw asks a question and posts a picture. Just by looking at the picture one of you guys would be able to say "Yeah that guy is 6' and thats a 58 with a 130mm stem and racers ride smaller frames and longer stems so they can put more weight over the front wheel etc blah blah blah" and be freakin nice to a noob thats got like a only a few posts.

Instead he gets a "get the hell out". That sucks and its not the first time I've seen it happen.

right. except the very mind movement of caring what size hincappie's frame is demonstrative of focusing on something so totally irrelevant to actually racing a bike that it has no business in a racing forum. Who cares what size hincappie's frame is? If the OP posted a pic of himself and said 'how's my position....do I need a smaller or larger frame.' he'd have gotten the response you mention. Along with several 'get a pro fit' comments. Looking at another's bike and trying to determine how their bike should be set up is silly.

And Lotek you can can toss rider's stats posted by their sponsors right out the window. They flat out lie about height and weight in all sports.
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
right. except the very mind movement of caring what size hincappie's frame is demonstrative of focusing on something so totally irrelevant to actually racing a bike that it has no business in a racing forum.

Who cares what size hincappie's frame is?
I dont necessarily agree. It would seem reasonable to take a picture of a pro on a frame and say "That frame looks so small for that guy. Im tall he's tall I ride a 58 and that looks alike a 53. How can he ride well on it" I dont think he was focussing on GH.

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If the OP posted a pic of himself and said 'how's my position....do I need a smaller or larger frame.' he'd have gotten the response you mention. Along with several 'get a pro fit' comments. Looking at another's bike and trying to determine how their bike should be set up is silly.
The "hows my position" pic would have been a good thing for someone here to recommend. I do however believe that looking at how others have their bikes set up is a good way to start. There will be allot of tuning that comes after that however. Im a firm believer that as a rider I should understand what fits me and why. Just going in for a "fit" and blindly trying to replicate that on your own bike is not how I would go about setting up a bike.

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And Lotek you can can toss rider's stats posted by their sponsors right out the window. They flat out lie about height and weight in all sports.
ok
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
......without any drama.... start some drama.
No drama in the 33? really? I suppose the "leakage" thread with 5k views and 200 posts, started by "The Dr" was meant to be a discussion about tire issues while racing or some such thing?
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Here's my extra small (51). observe the apparent distance between the chainring and the front wheel. Hincapie's bike looks like a much larger frame to me.
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I have a 6'3 friend and have seen him on my 53. Hincapie ain't on a 53.
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