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Old 11-11-05, 06:30 AM
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newbie specialized frame size q!

hi all

im just getting into this and am looking for a second hand bike as my first experiments with commuting into london (its much quicker than public transport most of the time)...
ive found a bike that looks like it might work.. its a specialized crossroads 2004 for a reasonable price...
im just not saw about the whole frame size thing... im told its a SMALL but don't really know what that means and if it'll work for me... im a man, 5'8", with a 30" inside leg...

is this bike going to work for me?
anyone got one of these? is it a good bike?

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Old 11-11-05, 06:34 AM
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Googgle is your friend ... sizing. And go and be a general pest on the bike store of your choice and try from the exceedingly big to the really small.

Some people rides longer frames, and I ride shorter frames. Body types are all different and bike fitting is a sort of an obscure art.

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If you are not sure what size you are...go to a bike shop and browse around. Have someone show you bikes that fit your build. Each manufacturer has different geometry so all 58cm frames are not created equal. But at least you have a decent baseline going in.

For what it's worth. I am 5'11" with a 30"(ish) inseam and I ride a Trek 1200 58cm frame. I believe that would be in the large category.

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Old 11-11-05, 06:41 AM
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i'm with Huhenio... go to a bike shop and sit on a couple of different sizes and see what feels good to you. and remember, just b/c the bike shop guys says you "should" be on a size whatever, doesn't mean you have to be... find what feels comfortable to you.

btw: i'm 5'10 with a 30 inch inseam and i ride a size medium Trek hybrid(shorter top tube than my cannondale) and i ride a medium size cannondale.

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Old 11-11-05, 06:59 AM
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i searched with google but have got conflicting advice about what's right... but im thinking roughly speaking i need a 17/18/19" frame size..... im not even entirely sure how you measure your inside leg.. i might be more like 29"

because im getting this first bike second hand, i dont have the luxury to try lots of different frame sizes and i dont get the option to try before i buy if i find something on ebay.... i was hoping to find a specialized expert to tell me if this particular bike would work for me...

things ive been told already are that you measure your inside leg and then minus 9" and thats the frame size you need... (but that would mean i need a 20" frame) i also found an online frame size calculator that said i should have a max MTB frame size of 17.73inches and a max road bike frame size of 51.23cm.....

it's all so very confusing!
so there's not a mathematical way of figure out if this bike will work for me?
even with my height and inside leg and the model of bike and the fact im going to be using it for gentle commuting and nothing more (so more upright sitting position is preferred i think).......

sorry guys... you must get these kind of questions all the time
and i guess, if there is no real answers, you're going to keep getting them when people are starting out and trying to get the right thing......
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Old 11-11-05, 08:15 AM
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hi again,

thanks for the advice. ive been looking into new bikes this morning so i could have that frame size option (trying to find something 'right' second hand is hard work) and happened upon the PULSE COLORADO (brand new) for the same price ive found the SPECIALIZED CROSSROADS 2004 (used)......

i tried to find some reviews but found nothing except a mention that the brand PULSE is owned by SARACEN who im told are good.

anyone know anything about this bike?
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