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What bike would fit me?

Old 11-07-11, 09:07 PM
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What bike would fit me?

So, I'm thinking of really starting to train next year. I currently run cross country and track but I can free up my morning period to have extra time for cycling. That brings the problem of having a suitable road bike. Right now, I'm riding a Bianchi Volpe (cyclocross bike) with a rather iffy fit. I'm 5'3.5"ish, 105 pounds, and I have really short legs and a long torso. When a friend was fitting me, he said that my bike (which is a 49 with a 520mm top tube) is too tall for me, yet the top tube is too short. Can anyone think of a bike with a short standover (maybe sloping?) and a relatively long top tube?
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The 49 could be too tall (although really the 520 sounds long enough based just on your height). If the bike is too tall you can't lower the saddle, but you can always extend the stem or put the seat back a little if the top tube is too short.

Maybe try the bike fit calculator on competitivecyclist.com to see what range of sizes they recommend. I have relatively short legs for my height too. I usually go by effective top tube length as my first measure.
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Measure the bicycle you currently have.

Then go to the bicycle shops in your area and look for a bicycle with slightly smaller measurements ... bring a tape measure to be sure.

Here's a thread about measuring your bicycle: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...hlight=measure

Especially take a look at the link BentLink posts ... the Park Tool measurement sheet.

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Originally Posted by happa95 View Post
So, I'm thinking of really starting to train next year. I currently run cross country and track but I can free up my morning period to have extra time for cycling. That brings the problem of having a suitable road bike. Right now, I'm riding a Bianchi Volpe (cyclocross bike) with a rather iffy fit. I'm 5'3.5"ish, 105 pounds, and I have really short legs and a long torso. When a friend was fitting me, he said that my bike (which is a 49 with a 520mm top tube) is too tall for me, yet the top tube is too short. Can anyone think of a bike with a short standover (maybe sloping?) and a relatively long top tube?
I think any bike with a compact geometry (Specialized) would suit you.
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You could try the fit calculator at competitive cyclist, http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za...LCULATOR_INTRO , which is actually pretty comprehensive.
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