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Old 09-24-08, 08:57 AM
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New Road Bike Question

I bought a new (first) road bike yesterday. I am 5 ft 6 in and 155 lbs. I went shopping all day and did some checking online. The only bike I could find in town was a Fuji newest 4.0 (400 out the door so not to bad) but it was the extra small 42 cm bike. In all fairness the mediums where WAY WAY to big for me. If I stood over the bar or was on the seat a I had a hard time getting my feet on the ground when I stopped.

Was this a good size? The guy at the store said it was but I'm not sure if he pawned off a bike on me? The ride seems pretty comfortable on it. And it was literally the only bike for someone my size in town (went too 5 shops. Most tried to sell me a female bike because they had no smalls in anything under 750 dollars).
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Old 09-24-08, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Happyloaf View Post
I'm not sure if he pawned off a bike on me?
I'm not a pro at this stuff but I'd say YES.. he pawned if off on you. I'm 5'7" and I ride a 54 cm which is fairly the biggest I should ever ride. My wife rides a 50 but it seems a bit small for me.

42? maybe for someone 4' 10"
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Old 09-24-08, 09:05 AM
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****. Its too late to take it back. He said he measured me and that was the size I was looking for....damn it
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oh yeah.. bike shops are under extreme pressure to pawn bikes off, especially this time of the year, they get stuck with small and extra large bikes and they need to get rid of them so they can stock up on next year's models before the x-mas season. Most shops have already paid for them so the longer they sit around more value they loose. (that's why I never buy the current years model)
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Old 09-24-08, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Happyloaf View Post
****. Its too late to take it back.
If you bought it with a credit card, it may not be too late.

If you paid cash, you should go back to his shop and make sure that every customer in his shop knows you got screwed.

You'd be surprised at what a little bit of assertiveness will get you.
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I was in a bind (my car is damaged and will be out of commission for a few weeks) but I didn't tell them that. I spent the day looking everywhere and it was the only thing that was comfy most places had mediums in stock but after rides those I wasn't comfortable. Oh well, stupid me. I just didn't want to wait until mid October to get a new bike.
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Old 09-24-08, 09:15 AM
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I paid with a debit card so I don't get the same protections.
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Old 09-24-08, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Happyloaf View Post
I paid with a debit card so I don't get the same protections.
You actually might get the same protections with the exception that the LBS gets to keep your money until the problem is resolved.

Your debit card, or course, must have either "Visa" or "Mastercard' on it.
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Yup 42cm sounds too small unless you have stump legs.
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Old 09-24-08, 09:35 AM
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It is a visa but I don't get the 30 day protection on purchases that a credit card does. My legs aren't overly long. It seems to ride "ok". But I listened to the guy at the store. They had a good reputation for being friendly and knowledgeable.
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Old 09-24-08, 10:22 AM
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I did the inseam measurement and multiplied by .65. I should ride a 44.5 cm bike so it is short but it should work. The small was 46 which would have been better but they had none in stock and the I know the 50's where not comfortable for me. I'm short....maybe my next bike will be bigger.

Figure I will use this for 6 months to a year and then sell it once i have an idea of what I really want.
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The good news is that 400 bucks out the door is not so bad for typical road bikes. Als, it is much easier to make a small bike fit than a big bike. You can play around with longer stems and swept back saddles and such.

Do as you said, ride the pee outta it and determine what your next bike will be and the proper size.

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Old 09-24-08, 12:18 PM
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The sad part is I still love this bike. The seat I raised and the handlebars up and it seems to work well for me. It isn't great but it isn't bad for a first bike. It gets me around and I get decent speed on it without having to exert myself.
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Old 09-24-08, 12:27 PM
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M(50)-L(54)-XL(58)..tht's what Fuji says on that model. Man the dude stiffed you! MY friends are 5'6 and ride 54's...My wife is 5'4 and rides a 51.

I'd file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Tell them he demanded that size when you asked for a larger size. Fire with fire baby. Stretch the truth a bit. He shafted you didn't he? The least the BBB will do is demand the shop gets the right size for you.
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Well, I don't want to know the name of the LBS.

But, please tell me where you are located so that I can avoid the Fuji dealer if I'm ever there.
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Man, you should probably complain until you get that extra 2cm that you've got coming to ya!
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