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Old 08-24-14, 08:21 AM
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Anyone ride a touring bike with only 2" of seatpost showing?

I've got 2" of seatpost showing on my LHT (not including the clamp). Anyone else similar? I've often wondered if the frame was a size too big. Perhaps this is because the saddle is on the thicker side.

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What is your cycling inseam? Mine is 34 inches.

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Originally Posted by ppg677
I've got 2" of seatpost showing on my LHT (not including the clamp). Anyone else similar? I've often wondered if the frame was a size too big. Perhaps this is because the saddle is on the thicker side.

Is it comfortable to you after an hour's ride? That is what matters. ..
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I wouldn't sweat it. 2 inches is a bit old school when it comes to seatpost but you won't have an issue having your bars level with your saddle. I'd ride the heck out of that bike and enjoy every moment of it.
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I have 3" showing on my LHT, and I have very long legs in proportion to the rest of my body. If everything else fits, I would not worry about it, especially if you have a longer torso.

The seat tube on the LHT is about 1.75" above the top tube. This is from 3/4 to an inch longer than on any of my other bikes. This reduces the amount of seat post showing above the clamp.

However, the top tube on the LHT is especially long and if your leg length/torso length proportions are similar to mine, you could have reach issues. I found that I could get reasonable comfort by using a shorter stem. IMO this measurement is more important than amount of seat post showing.
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Mine is exactly 3" from the top of the clamp to the bottom of the saddle rails. Once I got everything dialed in I feel like this bike fits me perfectly.
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it was not so long ago that seat posts , such as Campagnolo's were made some what short by todays standards .
because frames were always built with a horizontal top tube and the fitting conventions were different than today's
Road race position for a tall seat mast and the slammed stem low bars height..

my DIY frame I made in the 70s has barely a fist's width of exposed post..

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ya, i've got one like that, it happens to be one of my favorite bikes. and as you mentioned, the stack height of the seatpost clamp and the stack height of the saddle can conspire to make it worse. i could get a couple of inches back with a different saddle and post combination. but, when all is said and done, it really doesn't look much different than what the pros used back in the seventies and early eighties really.

here's a pic of Eddy Merckx. during the Dauphine Libere (now known as the Criterium du Dauphine) in '75. that saddle has, maybe, an inch more clearance from the toptube than mine. and most of that is due to the svelte seatpost he's got.

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Originally Posted by ppg677
I've got 2" of seatpost showing on my LHT (not including the clamp). Anyone else similar? I've often wondered if the frame was a size too big. Perhaps this is because the saddle is on the thicker side.



My LHT and my friend's LHT. Not much seatpost showing and never had any issues.

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Originally Posted by ppg677
I've got 2" of seatpost showing on my LHT (not including the clamp). Anyone else similar? I've often wondered if the frame was a size too big. Perhaps this is because the saddle is on the thicker side.

Looks like a handful to me. +1 on "how does it feel after an hour of riding?
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan
ya, i've got one like that, it happens to be one of my favorite bikes. and as you mentioned, the stack height of the seatpost clamp and the stack height of the saddle can conspire to make it worse. i could get a couple of inches back with a different saddle and post combination. but, when all is said and done, it really doesn't look much different than what the pros used back in the seventies and early eighties really.

here's a pic of Eddy Merckx. during the Dauphine Libere (now known as the Criterium du Dauphine) in '75. that saddle has, maybe, an inch more clearance from the toptube than mine. and most of that is due to the svelte seatpost he's got.


Mountain bikes changed a lot of the thinking on frame heights, but that picture has a pretty high saddle to the frame. It isn't anything like two inches.

When fitting off the rack, you often have to fudge one dimension or another. If you need the reach of that frame then you are stuck with the height. But it isn't ideal, and you can have problems when dismounting. Just pay attention. With my gear on the rear rack, I couldn't dismount by just casually throwing my leg over the rack, and if I stood down, and there was a pot hole or the side I was coming off on fell down, I could end up getting more top tube than I bargained for.
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Older bikes with level top tubes used to get about a fistful of seatpost showing in the correct size frame.
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