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    Confused On Road Bike Sizing? I’ve looked at several guides and the more I see, the more I become confused. I am 6′ 2″ish. Using the measurement guides on http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/bike-fit-guide.html which has you a hold a book up to your crotch, I have a 33″ inseam, a 27.5″ torso, and 25″ arm length. According to this guide, I should buy a 56cm road bike. Many other guides, like http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/roadsizing.html and ebay’s guide have said that for that height and inseam, I should have a 60-62cm. http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com/faq/1004_choosing_your_bike_frame.html tells me 57cm and that I apparently have freakishly small legs for my height. Please help!

    I don’t know if it will help, but my jeans have a 34″ inseam and go one inch past my heel, so the 33″ seems to be about right. Thank you to everyone who tries to help
    I’ve looked at several guides and the more I see, the more I become confused. I am 6′ 2″ish. Using the measurement guides on http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/bik… which has you a hold a book up to your crotch, I have a 33″ inseam, a 27.5″ torso, and 25″ arm length. According to this guide, I should buy a 56cm road bike. Many other guides, like http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/road… and ebay’s guide have said that for that height and inseam, I should have a 60-62cm. http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com/faq/10… tells me 57cm and that I apparently have freakishly small legs for my height. Please help!

    I don’t know if it will help, but my jeans have a 34″ inseam and go one inch past my heel, so the 33″ seems to be about right. Also, this will be my first road bike, and I plan to buy it used on ebay, so, unfortunately I will not have the luxury of a test ride. Thank you to everyone who tries to help
    Also, this will be my first road bike, and I plan to buy it used on ebay, so, unfortunately I will not have the luxury of a test ride.

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      Road bike sizing is not standardized among brands. So, just like shoes, you have to try them on to see if they really fit. Go to a local bike shop and let them show you what size fits you. They have people who are qualified to do this. Go there even if you plan to buy the bike online or from some other source. You will be back to your local bike shop to buy things like tires, tubes, accessories, and clothing. I’ve heard they make more money on that stuff than they do on the bikes.

      For what it’s worth, most people your size ride a 60 cm bike, but not everyone. Proper fit can’t be stressed too much. Riding a properly fitted bike is a joy and a pleasure. Riding a badly fitted bike is torture.

      HTH

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    • Inna
    • February 4, 2014
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    Suggestions On Mountain Bikes Or Road Bikes? My boyfriend and I want to buy bikes but we have no clue what were doing when it comes to the right kind of bike. We live in San Francisco, which is very hilly, and we plan on riding them mainly on the street or through the park, nothing extreme. Can someone recommend a practical and reliable yet not to pricey bike? Also if we need mountain bikes for the hills or a road bike?

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      A) Define “not too pricey”. I’m not privy to your bank account or credit card info. Good bikes of any type will start in the $450 – $500 price range. Good “road bikes” in the $650 – $700 range.

      B) Why limit yourself to only two types of bikes? And so vastly greater in difference? Mountain bikes are great off-road…but they SUCK on paved surfaces. Knobby off-road tires & suspension parts only slow you down. Suspension parts soak up or absorb YOUR energy. With every stroke of the pedals, part of your energy is absorbed into those suspension parts & NOT transmitted to the rear wheel.

      C) Conversely – pure road bikes (with drop down style handlebars) can’t take the use & abuse of going off-road. Plus the skinny high pressure road tires aren’t designed to give off-road traction.

      D) Read “Bicycles: How to Choose” on this link… http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/bicycle.html
      My bet is, you’ll NEED some type of comfort bike or hybrid bike. These bikes can go on light (man-made) groomed off-road trails of finely crushed stone & are still great to ride on the streets. Think of them as a cross between a pure road bike & a mountain bike.

      E) Easiest way to choose a bicycle? Five, simple, easy to understand words… Go To A Bicycle Shop. Salespeople do NOT work on commission. You get PROFESSIONAL sales & service before, during & MOST importantly AFTER the sale. At least one FREE (under warranty) tune-up after the sale. And test rides are FREE. Try at least 2 or 3. See link… http://nbda.com/articles/the-bike-shop-advantage-pg193.htm

      F) AVOID discount & big box stores like the plague. Minimum wage “associates” slap a bike together without a clue. Same person could have been selling goldfish the week before over in the pet dept. This is why Wally World list their (so-called) bicycles in the TOY DEPT.! Plus all the inferior components these bikes come with.

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    On Road And Off Road Bikes? I’m looking for a bike that I will mostly use on road for the most of the time, but also capable of going on high adventure mountain trails once in a while. I’m not sure whether to go for an on-road bike or off-road mountain bike. And i seriously don’t know the different specs that I would have to look for.
    Thanks.

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      Road bikes are fragile and cannot handle an off road trail. If you are only going to buy one bike, you will need to go for a mountain bike. Like already mentioned, 2 sets of tires is a good idea. I switch mine out all the time and am going to order a second set of wheels and have road tires on one set and off road tires on the other set.

      A mountain bike is not anywhere near as quick on the road as a road bike, but with the right tires makes a decent commuter bike. Two bikes is really the way to go, but for most of us that is not an option.

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    Will A Road Bike Be Easier? I’m new to biking, so please bare with me with the obvious question:)

    I’ve been biking as exercise on the road, but have been using my very cheap (purchased at Target) mountain bike. I bike mainly on the road.

    This bike is ready to bust (the gears really don’t work) and I’m getting really out of breath going up hills with this bike.

    Will my miles be much easier if I purchase a road bike instead? Is there more speed and smoothness on the road?
    Also, I realize a decent road bike is going to cost me. Do you know of any affordable brands that are good quality (and do they let you finance)?

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      Road bikes are faster in general for several reasons:
      1. Slick tires offer less resistance
      2. They are lighter, thus going faster is easier

      But, the ease of climbing is also dependent on the gear ratio. Very expensive road bikes will not have very low gear ratio and as such will be harder to pedal. This should not be a problem for you as you are on a budget.

      Most brands (even good ones) will have entry level bikes. My suggestion is that you go to a bike store and explain your situation, do not buy another bike from Target or Wallmart etc. Sales people do not know what they are selling, to them a bike is a toy not a means of transportation or a serious sport item that need to be the right size etc.

      Specialized and Trek are both very reliable and good brands, most bike shops will carry those in stock, ask for entry level bikes and go from there, take their advice as they are usually good experts.

      Good luck,
      Volodya

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    Single-Gear Coaster Brake Road Bike? Hey, I am wondering if someone with knowledge on bicycles can help me out.. I am looking to build a single gear road bike with a coaster brake.. I want to know every single part that i need to buy. So far I have bought a frame that came with forks. If you could please list every part i need it would really help me out..

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      Road bike and coaster brakes don’t normally go together.

      What kind of frame? The spacing won’t be correct for a coaster brake if the frame was from a modern multi-geared road bike. If it is a single speed frame with horizontal drops, just make it a free hub single speed and put dual pivot brakes on the bike. Two brakes stop you better than one and either of the two hand actuated brakes work better than a coaster brake.

      If you insist on a coaster brake my suggestion is to buy 700C wheels of the appropriate spacing for your frame. Presuming you can find a coaster hub to fit that spacing have the hub laced to the rear wheel. Better start checking what you have already.

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    What Is A Good Road Bike? Looking for a road bike .what is a good make and style.

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      All good road bikes either come from real bike shops, or one of the higher end bikes from a web site – Bikes Direct. I would not order a bike from the Internet unless you are 100% positive it is the right bike for you.

      What is the right bike for you? Only you can tell by going to all the bike shops in your area, trying them (road test) and asking all the questions you can. Fit & feel is the #1 priority. If it doesn’t feel right – it’s not. Other things to ask, what is the follow up service warranty? Some shops only give one free check-up. Some for a year – some for life.

      There are a ton of good makes…Raleigh, Trek, Specialized, Cannondale – the list goes on & on. Just avoid discount store & big box store bikes like the plague! I can’t recommend one specific brand. Buying a bike is like buying a pair of shoes – very personal experience. Only you know when it’s right.

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