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Tall guy, long torso, short arms, wrist and back pain, looking for a fitness bike.

Old 07-07-16, 07:59 PM
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Tall guy, long torso, short arms, wrist and back pain, looking for a fitness bike.

Hi guys, I am 6'3", 250 lbs. but most of my height is in my torso, some in my legs, less in my arms. I am looking for a flat or drop bar commuter and fitness bike, 3X9, 700cc, that fits well.

Right now I ride a 2015 Trek FX 7.3 size 22.5".

I feel generally very heavy over my hands on the bike. This causes wrist pain and lower back pain from being bowed over the bike. I think a longer top tube, maybe, would help me. With a shorter reach I am thinking I have to bend over more to reach the bars, which is uncomfortable, and there is more pressure on my hands and my wrists are more sharply angled with the back of my hands pushed rearwars. My mountain bike, an XL Kona Taro with its long ETT, has me stretched farther forward which lets me support my weight with my shoulders. This is my best estimate at my fit issues.

I have heard the Treks have shorter ETT and they do, compared to Specialized Sirrus, for example. I rode an XL Sirrus and it didn't feel good on the wrists and not much better on the back.

I could get a professional fitting, but I am wondering if you nice folks have any advice.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-07-16, 08:45 PM
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Basically, you've found the key fit issue with bigger bikes and bigger people, they don't increase the length of the headtube in line with the seat tube. So depending on just how long your torso is and how short your arms are, I'm going to guess you're looking at a big endurance based frame. From there, there aren't many that have a decently long head tube. Specialized Roubaix is one and perhaps the KHS 747 is an option too.

If you've got the money to throw at a proper fit session, chase down someone with a Retul bike or similar. They can work out your fit and also determine what frames are best suited to achieving that fit. Worst case is you need to go custom, but there's a lot of custom makers that produce frames for a lot less than some of the big manufacturers cost.

I recently went to a Canyon 3XL CFSL as they became available to Australia in December last year. It's the first bike that has ever actually fit me and it feels weird after being fitted to bikes rather than getting a bike that was fit to me! I'm 6'5" with long arms and long legs
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https://www.amazon.com/Ritchey-Adjus.../dp/B005N8YAWS make sure you get the right size handlebar clamp.
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brawlo, thanks for the reply. I am looking more for a flat bar commuter than a full out road bike. I got a Motobecane Grand Record from Bikes Direct, size 64 cm, and that bike fits me well for the road. I was wondering if any commuter frames tend to run longer in the TT.

brawlo, are you saying it's a longer head tube that I need rather than a top tube? So you are saying the front needs to be higher rather than the bike longer?

jethro, thanks for the reply. I have one of those adjustable stems and it helps. I have it at like 45%, I could raise it more, but that makes the ETT even shorter.

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Originally Posted by refjeff View Post
brawlo, thanks for the reply. I am looking more for a flat bar commuter than a full out road bike. I got a Motobecane Grand Record from Bikes Direct, size 64 cm, and that bike fits me well for the road. I was wondering if any commuter frames tend to run longer in the TT.

brawlo, are you saying it's a longer head tube that I need rather than a top tube? So you are saying the front needs to be higher rather than the bike longer?
@refjeff a frame is a frame. You can decide if you want it as a flat bar or a drop bar. The only difference is in the brake levers and shifters used. A good fitter will listen to your wishes and give helpful advice, rather than try and push you one way or another. A great fitter will tell it to you straight, whether you like it or not!

If you want to go without a fit, then you will need to really scrutinise the dimensions of any frames you want to think about. From the small info you've given, if you really have a longer torso, then you will need both a long top tube (actually reach is a better measurement to watch) and a longer head tube (stack is the more relevant measurement there too). Look up what those dimensions mean and do your research. MOST bike retailers will only try and sell you something they have rather than what you really need. A good fitter will direct you to what will suit best.

Another option is to go for a 29er MTB. If you increase your spend to get a lockout on the front wheel, you get flat bar and a rigid fork when you need it and suspension also when you want it. A wheelbuilder can lace some road 700c rims to the hubs and you've got a very sturdy commuter.
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Old 07-08-16, 07:09 AM
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I'm 6'5" and found myself in a similar boat when I started riding again.

I've found that core exercises off the bike have strengthened my body enough to make it less of an issue for me. I worked my whole core, but focused a lot on lower back using a roman chair and dead lifts.
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