Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Danny1502, 8 Jan 2018.
OK change of plan again. I think 53 is too small! Cancelled and sticking with Koga!
Does anyone have a Holdsworth Elan or Stelvio?
What's a la mode for standover height on our fine islands these days? How many fingers?
I ask because around Vancouver everyone* rides a garden gate with a horizontal top tube and only a couple of inches of seatpost showing. (Which is my preference on a touring style bike, as it happens)
*those that I saw, during a two-week visit, in the depths of winter.
I don’t think we’re talking fingers here but something rather more tender.
I agree with you gregory that maybe a horizontal tube looks more aesthetically pleasing when you stand back to admire your mount, but for actually mounting the thing i much prefer sloping.
I swing a leg over the rear wheel and saddle myself. Never been able to vault a crossbar.
And once standing over, enough clearance for the unmentionables is, well, enough. And enough is a very small amount.
I was told four fingers is more than enough. Some people with small hands have room for four hands.
I make do with "four fingers or less, but at least one thank you very much.".
My Surly DT sounds almost as you describe. If anything, the top tube is a tiny bit too long for me (others have said this about DTs too) Standover height is ‘just out of harm’s way’. I shortened the stem a bit and now I can sit on that bike all day long. And longer occasionally.
Ooh now you see, one man’s meat and all that: I prefer the aesthetics of a sloping top tube. My Surly DT has an almost horizontal TT. You would like it.
Maybe ... ?
Good call, taste of bespoke for off the peg money.
This would make an ideal economy touring bike and a worthwhile addition to any stable
The first thing I would want to know before buying a new touring bike, is it Rohloff compatible?
Ride it. Don't stand over it. If it's stopped and you want to stand over it, tilt it.
Depending on where you are if you're anywhere close to Stanforth Bikes, I think that they're in Brighton, perhaps speak to them because they sometimes have some ex-display / ex-demo bikes which might sometimes possibly just scrape into your budget.
Good luck finding the right tourer for your travels.
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