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Touring Bike for Long Leg, Short Torso Male

Old 01-09-14, 02:49 PM
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Touring Bike for Long Leg, Short Torso Male

Curious if you might have suggestions for a vintage touring bike for someone with the following specs. Obviously, I need a frame with a short top tube to seat tube ratio. The only bike I've found that might work so far is the Panasonic Touring Deluxe. I test rode one last summer and should have snapped it up when I had the chance. Any others you can think of?

Measurements
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Inseam: 35.5 (90cm)
Trunk: 25 (63.5cm)
Forearm: 14 (35.5cm)
Arm: 25.5 (64.8cm)
Thigh: 24.75 (62.9cm)
Lower Leg: 21.25 (54cm)
Sternal Notch: 59 (150cm)
Total Body Height: 73 (185cm)

The Eddy Fit (cm)
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Seat tube range c-c: 59.6 - 60.1
Seat tube range c-t: 61.4 - 61.9
Top tube length: 53.7 - 54.1
Stem Length: 10.1 - 10.7
BB-Saddle Position: 76.5 - 78.5
Saddle-Handlebar: 54.7 - 55.3
Saddle Setback: 9.9 - 10.3
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Most larger sized '70s Raleighs had relatively short top tubes. I have a '79 Team Pro that's 65cm x 60cm tt, a '73 Gran Sport 61x57.5, and a '73 Super Course 63x58. Those top tubes are still not as short as your Eddy fit would dictate, but I'm not sure too many production frames had tt's that short with a 60+ ST.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
Most larger sized '70s Raleighs had relatively short top tubes. I have a '79 Team Pro that's 65cm x 60cm tt, a '73 Gran Sport 61x57.5, and a '73 Super Course 63x58. Those top tubes are still not as short as your Eddy fit would dictate, but I'm not sure too many production frames had tt's that short with a 60+ ST.
A number of Japanese bikes of the early to mid 70's also had shorter top tubes for the bigger sizes, we used to think that Nishiki used the same angles and top tube length for the 21" through 25" frame.
Easier to tool up that way.
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I had a 65cm Raleigh Alyeska that a 58-9 cm top tube. It was way too short for me, that's why I tried mustache bars on it.

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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
A number of Japanese bikes of the early to mid 70's also had shorter top tubes for the bigger sizes, we used to think that Nishiki used the same angles and top tube length for the 21" through 25" frame.
Easier to tool up that way.
Absolutely true of Japanese bikes of that vintage -- although my 1971 23" / 58.5cm C-T American Eagle Semi-Pro was too tall for me, I had to resort to a long-reach handlebar stem to get a good fit. Quite the opposite of my 1970 21" / 53.5cm Peugeot UO-8, which is long in the top tube.
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Panasonics and the Raleigh USA Alyeska/Kodiak/Wyoming will do ya. My Panasonic is 66 CTT / 58. My 25" Alyeska is as above.

I have long arms, but can stretch out plenty for my needs on a 58 cm tt.
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https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/bik/4280343076.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/4271414046.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/bik/4255442269.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/yam/bik/4233737668.html

Lots of cool touring bikes to check out, though.
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I am 71 in tall with 90cm inseam, and found that the short TT can mean bad toe overlap. I ride a 60 cm LHT with 8 cm stem. For me it's better than flopping over on a slow turn, I am 67.
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Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
Where did you get those numbers for the "Eddy Fit" from?
I believe I got the numbers here (last year)...
https://www.competitivecyclist.com/St...ulatorBike.jsp
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Originally Posted by KOBE View Post
I had a 65cm Raleigh Alyeska that a 58-9 cm top tube. It was way too short for me, that's why I tried mustache bars on it.
Crap, how tall are you?? Nice looking bike. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
A number of Japanese bikes of the early to mid 70's also had shorter top tubes for the bigger sizes, we used to think that Nishiki used the same angles and top tube length for the 21" through 25" frame.
Easier to tool up that way.
Hmm, good info. I didn't know that. I ride an '84 Fuji 23" that I stuck a tall stem on. It's never fit quite right. Debating whether to look for a better fitting frame or find a shorter stem. Obviously the stem is an easier solution but I've never had a touring bike yet and am interested in having one. I will consider getting a professional fit.
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Schwinn Voyageur. I had an 89 with a 63cm seat tube and a 57cm top tube.
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86 Trek Elance 400T, ST 63.5cm, TT 58.5cm....Reynolds 531 frame
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Go for a cyclocross frame , top tube are generaly shorter on them and you frequently get all the braze-on need for rack and fenders .
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