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Old 05-10-13, 03:43 PM
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Bike sizing for online order

For those of you who bought a bike online, a model that you'd never seen in person:

How did you get the right size?
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Look up the geometry charts for the bike you're looking at,then compare the measurements to a bike you own that fits you properly. Pay attention to the pic that usually above the chart;different companies measure their bikes differently. Some measure the seattube from the center of the bottom bracket to the middle of where it connects to the toptube,some measure to the top lip of the seattube.
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Make sure they have a good return policy, just in case.
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Use frame sizing charts. Get the geometry of the bike of your interest. Find another bike somewhere with a similar geometry and test ride it. This will get you into the ballpark. Also (and this is crucial), find the length of the top tube. If it's horizontal, it will almost always be more of a confirmation, than either standover height, or seat tube length.

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Originally Posted by ralph12 View Post
For those of you who bought a bike online, a model that you'd never seen in person:

How did you get the right size?
I compared the new bike's measurements to and existing bike that I owned.
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Well, I found the size chart for the bike I'm interested in (it's the Fuji Connoisseur). Does anyone here have one, btw?

I'm not sure where to even begin a search for a model with a similar geometry though.
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Originally Posted by ralph12 View Post
Well, I found the size chart for the bike I'm interested in (it's the Fuji Connoisseur). Does anyone here have one, btw?

I'm not sure where to even begin a search for a model with a similar geometry though.
The Connoisseur has a horizontal top tube. Therefore, it becomes more likely to abide by the standover height method of sizing (eventhough that's no guarantee). It's sorta kinda ballparkish...

Charts like this one works just fine for some people:
http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtor...ike_sizing.htm

* Also ask for customer service to assist you with ordering the proper frame size. Ask them to email you the info...

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