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Old 01-11-07, 10:32 PM
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Trusting bike shop with size

OK, maybe I have been reading too much but I think my LBS may have suggested the wrong size bike to me. I am 170cm tall and riding a 19.5 inch Trek Mountain Bike. All the suggestions I have seen on this site given to other of a similar height suggest the size below. My bike setup, is all how it came with the saddle level with the top of the steerer tube, so about 2 inches below the handlebars. I don't tend to feel too stretched out while riding, but then again I don't tend to ride over an hour too often.

Am I just paranoid? I don't want to use this as an excuse not to ride, but it keeps creeping up on me. So, I guess I am begging for a bit of encouragement as well. I have had it for about 6 months now and I just trusted the bike shop on their suggestion at the time as I knew nothing about bikes. Could I possibly do anything about it now? I doubt it.

Written by an anxious, worried and paranoid person with a furrowed brow.

Thanks for your comments.
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Old 01-11-07, 10:43 PM
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It sounds like you could have gone with the size smaller, but I wouldn't say that 19.5 is too big. Having your bars 2" above your saddle is not a bad thing depending on the kind of riding you do. It is certainly more comfortable for rides of 1 hr or less, and could be better for longer rides depending on your back. flexibility, etc. If the bike feels good to you I would be happy.
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Old 01-11-07, 10:57 PM
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Same thing happened to me .............I'm 5'5" with an inseam of 30 inches. My bike is 17.5 with a standover of 30 inches. FS. My first FS bike and I was told this is the right size for me.

My hardtail is a 16 and my other FS is a 15. They are both comfortable and I can handle them well. So now I have a very much unused bike sitting in my bedroom. What a waste.
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Old 01-12-07, 07:27 AM
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If you still have some standover clearance then the bike is not too big. In trying to get the bars higher it is always better to get the larger size and use less spacers than to get the smaller size and use 10cm of spacer to get the bars in a comfortable position.
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Old 01-12-07, 07:32 AM
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I don't think that anyone here will be able to give you a definitive answer to your sizing questions based on height alone. Did the shop try putting you on a few different size bikes? Do you feel comfortable on the bike?
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Originally Posted by barba
I don't think that anyone here will be able to give you a definitive answer to your sizing questions based on height alone. Did the shop try putting you on a few different size bikes? Do you feel comfortable on the bike?
No, just tried the one bike. At the time I hadn't ridden a bike in many (many) years and so things like balance where a thing of the past. So I choose a model on specs and suggestions. I would say I feel comfortable, but I don't really have anything to compare it to.

I'm going to make a point to do around and find bikes to compare it to. At least it will give me something to do.
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Old 01-12-07, 09:05 AM
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What makes you think you have the wrong size bike if you are comfortable? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. You may evolve to find that you prefer different settings as you gain fitness or do different activities with the bike, but this happens with nearly everyone and doesn't mean the bike shop did you wrong.
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Old 01-12-07, 12:22 PM
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I would take the bike shops advice with a grain of salt (though it greatly depends on the experience of the LBS staff). When I bought my first mountain bike the LBS wanted to put me on a 21" bike and I went with the 19". In retrospect I should have gone with a different bike that fit better, but that's not the fault of the LBS (I turned this bike into my city/road bike). When I bought my second mountain bike again they wanted to put me on a 21" bike, but the 19" felt perfect.

If you've had the bike for 6 months and have been comfortable on it, then I wouldn't worry about it. Though this does provide a good excuse for a new bike.

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Old 01-12-07, 07:29 PM
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...I need an excuse for a new bike??
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