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How Many Frame Sizes Do You Ride?

Old 07-17-16, 10:42 AM
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53-57cm, as long as the top tube is 55cm. That top tube is everything when it comes to my position and comfort.
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Old 07-17-16, 11:17 AM
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I'm in the 58 - 62 range, with 60 about the sweetest spot.
Top tubes 57 - 59.


I like @iab who includes stem length in his cockpit measurement - my stems are 12&13cm.
As I use quite a few leather saddles, my best measurement is 'sit bone indentations' to handlebar where I prefer about 80cm with 6 - 8cm of drop depending on handlebar dimensions, as I like to ride in the drops and sometimes fit handlebars based on the position of the drops not the tops.


Just as essential to me is a flat ramp out to the hoods. That's sometimes hard to achieve with some vintage bars.


edit: bikes on the 'top of size' range have nice headtube lengths for comfort. Bikes on the 'smaller side' of ideal almost always scream for narrow tubulars and 38cm handlebar width.
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Old 07-17-16, 11:43 AM
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Seat tube 50-53 ctc.
Top tube + stem reach + bar reach 54-57.

I tend to prefer smaller frames as it is more common for me to feel "stretched" on a large bike than "cramped" on a small one. I think this is because my back is relatively flexible so I am more comfortable getting low on a smaller frame than stretching my arms out on a larger one.
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Old 07-17-16, 02:19 PM
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I'll ride just about anything... to some extent. 5'10" (measurements center BB to top of TT). For my current "riders":
My old Colnago Super which I rode for the last 30 years was a 60cm, I think.
The frame donor for my Cargo bike build was a 62cm. A bit tall, , but still ok. I angled the TT a bit before welding the BB back on, bringing it down to about 61cm.
My Litespeed "frankenbike" MTB-->Road Conversion is about 52cm. (note, with a longer MTB TT).
My C40 is a 56cm.
The additional bar drop on the Litespeed took a bit of time to get used to, but now all the bikes feel just about right.
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Hmm, I don't think frame size as traditionally measured is particularly meaningful. Most of my bikes are nominally 58cm, the Masi is probably 56 "Masi Measure" meaning BB to top of seat cluster, and the Grandis is probably 55cm because it is stamped 55 (with a slightly too long fork stamped 56). The Bianchi and Gazelle have long head tubes so the apparent HT length is not a reliable visual clue. The various bikes have different stems. Mostly they all feel great though it may take a mile or so for me to.
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