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How to test ride when no LBS has bikes in my size?

Old 03-26-12, 04:12 PM
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How to test ride when no LBS has bikes in my size?

I need a new commuter, and am considering three popular models that get mentioned in this forum frequently. Trouble is, no LBS carries them in my size, which is about 60cm.
Nor do the shops seem interested in ordering bikes for my testing. They say if they did and I chose another model, they'd be "stuck" with this XL bike. This with spring in full bloom!
Of course, they'll make a special order if I put down half price. That's no way to comparison shop.
I'm frustrated. Many people advise that one should try out several models before purchase. I guess that's a luxury for people of average height only.
BTW, I'm not quite 6-3 and have a 34" inseam. Short folks must have similar problems.
Are we stuck rolling the dice on something we can't ride till we own?
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