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Old 05-18-08, 12:06 AM
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Question re Bike Top Tube Height / Clearancen

I have a 32" pant inseam and the usual 34" biking inseam. I normally ride 56cm bikes, but am looking at a 58cm with a standover height of 82cm, which will still give me 1 1/2" to 2" clearance. What do you consider to be your range of clearance for a road bike?

BTW, I did an extensive search of the forum, the there are too many variations.

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Old 05-18-08, 04:46 AM
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well on a giant box it says the minimum should be 1 inch

but thats pretty rough
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Old 05-18-08, 07:14 AM
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Do you use your bike for standing over it?
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Old 05-18-08, 07:42 AM
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i've been told by several BF'ers that standover clearance is irrelevant because you never really stand over the bike. having said that...i prefer about 1-2 inch clearance...

if you got 1" clearance, i think you'll be fine!
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Originally Posted by ^oZ View Post
Do you use your bike for standing over it?
Best response yet.

You need to decide if the larger frame will require too short of a stem, too upright of a position, or the saddle to be too far back. If not, an inch is fine and enjoy the ride.
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Do you use your bike for standing over it?
Good point BUT if you can't safely mount your bike It's hard to use it for anything. Some Ridley's are a good example. A Supercross has a 54tt, and a 58st (they call this frame a "54"). My wife rides a 54 and could ride a Ridley, supercross without a ladder.
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Make sure you're checking standover with your cycling shoes on.
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