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Old 10-11-08, 07:00 PM
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If a bike is too big...

Hey Everyone,

I just bought a Langster and i plan on using it for school and light commuting no 50mi adventures yet! But i bought a 58 and after we did some measuring before-hand we found that the 56 was a better fit but maybe a smidge smaller than what they wanted. Luckily all they had were a 08 city langster and a 09 base. Needless to say i decided to save about $140 and go with the 58 08' Langster.

So, if none of this makes sense, is it ok if my langster is a little big for me or do i need to look at other alternatives?

Thanks!
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Old 10-11-08, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by FixdPanther View Post
Hey Everyone,

I just bought a Langster and i plan on using it for school and light commuting no 50mi adventures yet! But i bought a 58 and after we did some measuring before-hand we found that the 56 was a better fit but maybe a smidge smaller than what they wanted. Luckily all they had were a 08 city langster and a 09 base. Needless to say i decided to save about $140 and go with the 58 08' Langster.

So, if none of this makes sense, is it ok if my langster is a little big for me or do i need to look at other alternatives?

Thanks!
Shouldn't have went for the savings. Bike fit is the most important thing.
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Old 10-11-08, 07:17 PM
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Can you stand over the frame without it hitting you in the crotch? If so, don't worry about it.
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Old 10-11-08, 07:18 PM
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+1 to what pacificaslim said.
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Old 10-11-08, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by FixdPanther View Post
Hey Everyone,

I just bought a Langster and i plan on using it for school and light commuting no 50mi adventures yet! But i bought a 58 and after we did some measuring before-hand we found that the 56 was a better fit but maybe a smidge smaller than what they wanted. Luckily all they had were a 08 city langster and a 09 base. Needless to say i decided to save about $140 and go with the 58 08' Langster.

So, if none of this makes sense, is it ok if my langster is a little big for me or do i need to look at other alternatives?

Thanks!
You basically bought a worthless bike now since it doesn't fit.
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Old 10-11-08, 07:23 PM
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Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
can you stand over the frame without it hitting you in the crotch? If so, don't worry about it.
+2.
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Old 10-11-08, 07:25 PM
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I prefer a 56 (I'm 5-11), but for years I rode a 58 and it was no problem at all. Don't listen to the cracks about it being worthless.
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I'm 5'10" and rode a 56cm for 20 years - fit like a glove. When looking for an old frame for a ss conversion, someone gave me a 60cm, obviously too big, right? People on this forum told me to sell it and get something that fits.

It's one of my favorite bikes now. If fact, a too tall frame, brings the handlebars up, for a more upright/comfortable position, an unexpected plus. And somehow, the reach was OK, even with its longish stem.

I use the drops regularly now, for the first time in my life. And the longer wheelbase gives it a noticeably smoother, more stable ride. It just looks a bit odd, to not have much seatpost showing.
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Old 10-11-08, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by sunburst View Post
I'm 5'10" and rode a 56cm for 20 years - fit like a glove. When looking for an old frame for a ss conversion, someone gave me a 60cm, obviously too big, right? People on this forum told me to sell it and get something that fits.

It's one of my favorite bikes now. If fact, a too tall frame, brings the handlebars up, for a more upright/comfortable position, an unexpected plus. And somehow, the reach was OK, even with its longish stem.

I use the drops regularly now, for the first time in my life. And the longer wheelbase gives it a noticeably smoother, more stable ride. It just looks a bit odd, to not have much seatpost showing.
I had the opposite experience.
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Old 10-11-08, 08:16 PM
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Get a stem that's 2cm shorter. You'll be fine.
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im "suppossed" to be riding a "54 or 56" cm frame. im 6', and never considered myself to have long legs. my fixed is a 23" conversion (58.4 cm frame), as is my commuter (old schwinns). fixed is on 700's, which brings it down a little, but my commuter is still on the 27's. my race bike is a 56, and feels a bit twitchy, still working on that (or i might be buying another bike and selling it, depends on what happens with other finances.) my mtb is a 20.5", which is "too tall". i like the ride of every one, and the one i don't ride as much (time wise, not mileage wise) is the race bike. the fixed probably gets the most usage.
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Old 10-11-08, 09:38 PM
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Fit is either something that you know how to do (at least well enough) or have someone determine for you. It's *not* something that is a simple rule-of-thumb like crotch clearance, size-per-height, or whatever that someone can read to you on the 'net. I've had a hard time assessing fit on bikes online, but in person it's usually pretty obvious if it does and if it can reasonably be made to fit. I'm about 5'9" and have bikes ranging now from about 54-60 that fit. A lot of the variation depends on top tube length + seat & head tube angles.
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Old 10-11-08, 09:42 PM
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A few cm might not cause any problems as most people can ride a range of sizes... I can handle bikes in a 50-55 cm range and much of that depends on other geometrical factors like tt length and stem.
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Seriously don't listen to the people telling you that you wasted your money, dial the fit in to where it feels comfy to you and forget the haters here. I'm 5 11" and I've ridden a 58cm Masi that fit ok to a 54cm Surly that fits even better for the style of riding I'm doing. It's all about how you feel on the bike and not how you look that's more important than anything else.
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Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
Can you stand over the frame without it hitting you in the crotch? If so, don't worry about it.
To the OP: Can you? Hrmmm?
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Old 10-12-08, 02:21 AM
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i dont think you wasted your money cuz you bought a bike that might not fit, i think you wasted your money cuz you bought a langster.
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go on a day ride(20+ miles). if you end up with any pain in your back, neck, wrists or hands do some basic searching and you'll find out what you need to adjust/replace depending on where you hurt..
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Originally Posted by pacificaslim View Post
Can you stand over the frame without it hitting you in the crotch? If so, don't worry about it.

You don't know a lot about proper bike fit, do you?
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I know enough to know that "proper bike fit" is something that shouldn't be worried about when your intended use is riding on campus and light commuting.

I also know that there are way more people out there riding a frame that is too small than people with one that is too big. Therefore chances are, the OP's bike isn't too big.

I also know that if one can stand over the frame comfortably, all other fit issues can be taken care of by adjusting seat height, seat setback, seat angle, stem height, stem length, crank length, and so on.
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I also know that if one can stand over the frame comfortably, all other fit issues can be taken care of by adjusting seat height, seat setback, seat angle, stem height, stem length, crank length, and so on.

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i dont think you wasted your money cuz you bought a bike that might not fit, i think you wasted your money cuz you bought a langster.
These kinds of comments don't help so GTFO and go troll the roadies or something!
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It's incredible the amount of ******** advice that gets passed around here. It's a miracle anybody rides anything that works right or fits right.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Get a stem that's 2cm shorter. You'll be fine.
What he said
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Get a stem that's 2cm shorter. You'll be fine.
What he said. 2cm isn't a big deal.
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I'd just ride it as is and see what happens. Light commuting does not demand excellent bike fit---probably whatever fit issues there may be will do no harm. At my school I see people riding all kinds of janky setups daily. They don't go more than 2 or 3 kms a day and so it works fine.

It could even be that the slightly bigger size fits well for you. You won't be able to tell if this is the case without riding it a bunch, so for now that's what you might as well do.
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