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Please help with bike fitting (52 or 55 cm)

Old 01-26-09, 09:09 AM
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Please help with bike fitting (52 or 55 cm)

I bought a 55 cm Lemond Poprad a couple of years back from lbs. I am about 5'10" with a 31" inseam (longer torso). It felt and still feels really good on the drops. Only problem is, not much standover clearance at all. With shoes on, it barely brazes the jewels, but barefeet forget it. They didn't have it in a 52 at the time so I went ahead and bought it. Now I'm not sure if I should have gotten the 52. What's the more determining factor, TT length or standover? I'm afraid the 52 might feel too cramped or drops may be too low. Thanks
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Old 01-26-09, 09:12 AM
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you did the right thing. stick with tt measurement. at 5'10" on a 52cm you'd look like you were riding a kids bike.
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Definitely TT measurement. Standover will never be a factor while you're on the bike.
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I suppose the question is: how often do you standover your bike barefoot? Never? Also, in cycling shoes, how often do you stand over your bike? I rarely do...normally I keep a foot in the pedal and lean the bike a little when I stand.

I'm 5'9" with a 32" inseam and ride a 55. If you feel good on the bike, and everything is comfortable for you, standover height is pretty much irrelevant.
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Old 01-26-09, 09:18 AM
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Thanks guys. just needed some peace of mind that I bought the right size.
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Old 01-26-09, 11:14 AM
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I agree that TT length is usually more important than standover clearance, but standover can be a safety issue in a crash or emergency stop. Instead of risking it, I would look at come compact geometry frames that have more standover clearance with longer top tubes.
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