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Is my Trek 4300 too big for me?

Old 07-25-07, 08:44 AM
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Is my Trek 4300 too big for me?

I am 5'7" and have a 28-29" inseam. Short legs tall upper body. I was at a bike shop looking at new Trek 4300's and straddled the 16" frame. I was just barely touching. The salesman said I would be fine with that because I don't want too small of a bike.

That night I found a 16" 2005 model from a private seller and picked it up for $175. Seems like a good deal it was a spontaneous purchase.

Now I am worried that the frame is too big because of the standover height. It felt fine riding it, haven't ridden any bike in 5 years. I don't know if the top tube fits like people talk about haven't read enough to understand that concept.

Could I have made a mistake?
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Old 07-25-07, 08:49 AM
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You should be fine on a 16".

People 'round here post pic's of their new bikes...didn'y ya get the memo?
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Old 07-25-07, 08:57 AM
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Thanks Chelboed. Just got it last night and did a quick 4 mile ride. Haven't had time to take a pic. It is the blue/silver model and it has a blue water bottle holder. Nice bonus if it wasn't standard. My helmet is blue too. Coincidence?
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Old 07-25-07, 09:02 AM
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Bikes with high top tubes often "bump" on those of who are bigger on top then on the bottom. Very often, we have to buy a bike one size larger then normal if it has a short top tube. For example, I was riding a XXL Giant bike, but an XL Gary Fisher which has a long top tube fits me perfect.
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Old 07-25-07, 09:04 AM
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Yeah, damn newbie's never posting pics. What's this world coming to?

FWIW- there's a difference between a cycling inseam and a pants inseam. One goes to the floor and the other doesn't. I'll let you figure out which is which and I don't know what you're quoting.

As long as you're comfortable on the bike, it is what's important. It's nice to have some stand over but most people will fit a bike based on top tube length.
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Old 07-25-07, 11:57 AM
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hell, my bike is 19" and I'm 5'6, Of course I'm 14 so I'll grow into it eventually, thats why I got it.
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Honestly I think you'll be fine with a 16" as most everyone else has indicated.
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