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Will 25inch frame be too big?? Help!

Old 12-07-06, 02:47 AM
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Will 25inch frame be too big?? Help!

Hi All,

I have been offered the chance to buy a terrific 2nd hand touring bike but I am a little concerned about the fit. I'm 6'2 in height and I'm wondering if a 25 inch frame would be too big for me. Unfortunately I will not even see the bike before buying it so I therefore have to take an educated gamble in regards to the fit. I need some advice please, it will be much appreciated.
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Old 12-07-06, 06:30 AM
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Measure your stand over height by putting a 1" thick book between your legs and hold it snug to your crotch while barefoot. With your back against a wall ,Use a yard stick to measure the height . If the measurement is under 34" the bike is definitely going to be too large for you.

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Check handlebar posit too.

Hi Stuck,

I'm 6'1" and my standing inseam from the floor is just about 35". I rode a 25" (1972) frame for years and loved the fit. I'm finding that lots of more modern bikes have longer top tubes for a given frame size than they used to. I guess this is better for a more stretched out aero effect but I find it less comfortable for long distance. This is just my personal preference. Now I ride a slightly smaller frame and use a stem with an angle that raises the bars a little higher. I guess what I'm trying to say is that, once you know what your whole ideal "cockpit" should feel like to you, you can achieve it in various ways and frame size is only one of them. The saddle can be adjusted through a wide range of heights. I would also check the effective top tube length to see if a comfortable bar position could be achieved for your preferences.

Good Luck!
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