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My Road bike is too big?

Old 06-18-14, 09:46 PM
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My Road bike is too big?

Im 5'6''-5'7'' and i ordered a road bike that has a frame size of 23''

its the arrival date is almost near and i think it might be too large for me.

Takara Men's 700C 1-Speed Sugiyama Takara Road Bike - Size: 23"

thats the name of the bike. I can stand over a bar at maximum 33'', but i am more comfortable at 30''

Can i still ride the bike?
And if it is too big, can i just push the seat all the way down?
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Old 06-18-14, 09:50 PM
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Way too big, 23" is approximately 58cm, no one 5'6-5'7 should be on a 58cm.
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Originally Posted by AppleJacksApple
Can i still ride the bike?
And if it is too big, can i just push the seat all the way down?
Of course you can, but it will suck.

Research then buy, not the other way around.
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A 58cm is typically for someone over 6' with a 34"+ inseam. I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and I feel most comfortable on a 56cm (58cm bikes are very aggressive for someone my size, in terms of geometry).

Takara is a funny brand that makes only singlespeeds now (if I recall). I would return the bike to the seller and cite that you were unsure about fit, and offer to buy a 54cm bike. It's always a good idea to go to a store and try 2 or 3 different size bikes (and adjust the seat height/handlebars!) before choosing what size is going to fit you best.

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I tried looking up the specs but wound up at Target and Sears where the specs don't make any sense. It probably will be fairly big, so I'd start looking into return policies.

PS- Are Apple Jacks still around? I forgot all about that cereal.
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I'm under 6 feet and I ride a 64cm.

I can stand over it just fine, even lift it off the ground an entire inch. I've got more than a fistful of seatpost showing, and it still feels a little too low. There are no hard and fast rules.
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Too big! The largest road bike frame someone your height and mine can safely mount is a 54-55 cm road bike.

Anything larger is too big. You can put the seatpost almost all the way down in the frame but you will never fit well on a large bike.

My advice is to return it for a smaller sized bike that fits.
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PS- Are Apple Jacks still around? I forgot all about that cereal.
Not sure about the legit ones, but the knock off that come in a bag are pretty common and pretty tasty i think
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Originally Posted by NormanF
Too big! The largest road bike frame someone your height and mine can safely mount is a 54-55 cm road bike.

Anything larger is too big. You can put the seatpost almost all the way down in the frame but you will never fit well on a large bike.

My advice is to return it for a smaller sized bike that fits.
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Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse
I'm under 6 feet and I ride a 64cm.

I can stand over it just fine, even lift it off the ground an entire inch. I've got more than a fistful of seatpost showing, and it still feels a little too low. There are no hard and fast rules.
Yes, you're right. Bike fit is a myth.
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Don't forget arm length! You can make a good fitting bike better by swapping out or adding parts but no amount of modification will make an ill fitting bike right. Its like with clothing- you're happier when you know it fits.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
Yes, you're right. Bike fit is a myth.
If you think bike fit means "YOU MUST BE THIS TALL TO RIDE" and nothing else, then hell yeah, it's a myth.

Seat tube length has nothing to do with a person's total height, and everything to do with inside leg length. Hence me riding a frame 10cm taller than you clowns would suggest is "correct".
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Originally Posted by Cute Boy Horse
I'm under 6 feet and I ride a 64cm.
Pics? I want to see how you reach the handle bar.
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Originally Posted by hairnet
Pics? I want to see how you reach the handle bar.
I just do? It's a 64cm seat tube with a 57cm top tube, same as any other off the peg Raleigh from the 80s. There's nothing special about this.

My other Raleighs have a 60cm seat tube, 57cm top tube. I just jacked the stem and seatpost up on them. Identical fit on both bikes.
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I just wanted to see. You must have some crazy proportions if you're under 6 feet tall and have "more than a fistful of seatpost". I'm 6'5" and I have a "fistful" of seatpost on my 64cm.

Here's the thing, you are on a bike [poorly] designed for some dude like me but it wouldn't actually fit me because of the stupid short TT. Your response is based through your experience with one-toptube-fits-all 70s/80s bikes.
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And that doesn't invalidate my experience at all. You just can't make an assumption on this, you can only compare your body measurements to the specific frame. Using seat tubes as the holy grail of bike fitting is useless even in a world with nothing but horizontal top tubes.

I wouldn't say it was poorly designed, either. It's a pretty normal bike from the time before it became cool to ride bikes with huge amounts of saddle to bar drop. (and the unspoken shame of fitting compact drops)

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Wow, Cute Boy Horse seems quite passionate about making something that doesn't fit, fit enough to be rideable. Rideable is far from ideal. Return the bike, 23" is way too large for someone your height. You can make it work with an extra short or highly angled stem, but that will be terrible for steering and will make riding in a clean straight line difficult. It will also, most likely, result in poor balance with the saddle too far forward. It is a less than optimal ride, to say the least. Workable, maybe... but a bad investment regardless.
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I had a different Takara bike a few years ago. Only comes in 2 sizes (like the one OP is talking about) 54 and 58. I got the 58 because I didn't know any better. I'm 5'11 and it was too big for me. I would cancel the order asap! And then spend an extra $100 and get something from BD or search craigslist
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I love it when people ask for advice after they've made the purchase...

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Quick, someone start a debate about helmets and brakes.
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Originally Posted by seau grateau
Quick, someone start a debate about helmets and brakes.
If you ride fixed you don't need either. It gives you superhuman powers
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i still like cbh.
he rides a 64cm and doesn't afraid of anything.
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Much as I hate to support CBH in a thread that's about to get closed and a thread I haven't bothered to understand anyway, he does have a minor point about bikes from the 70s and 80s in that after a certain size, they kept making the seat tubes longer but didn't actually make the top tubes any longer. This resulted in under square frames. Square frames, where the seat tube and the top tube are the same, are regarded as something special by some folks, as I discovered when a mate on another forum got all excited about finding a frame for me. Mind you, they committed all sorts of other horrors too like having more ways to specify the 'size' of the bike than there were possible combinations of dimensions, some of which didn't seem to involve measuring anything at all. Not much has changed I guess.

I'm just amused by people who claim that if you're 'such and such a height' you should be riding 'this size' - there's buggerall way of telling without climbing on the bike. Fit calculators and geometry charts MAY help (they should but this is the cycling industry we're talking about, not a rational universe) and are a useful tool if real life experience isn't possible, but please, the results aren't gospel.
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Originally Posted by europa
I'm just amused by people who claim that if you're 'such and such a height' you should be riding 'this size' - there's buggerall way of telling without climbing on the bike. Fit calculators and geometry charts MAY help (they should but this is the cycling industry we're talking about, not a rational universe) and are a useful tool if real life experience isn't possible, but please, the results aren't gospel.
This is the whole point I'm trying to get across. Apparently I'm irrational for thinking that you can't get an accurate fit by having someone on the internet guesstimate based on your total height alone.
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