Frame & Sizing

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by kayaker, 31 Jul 2012.

  1. kayaker

    kayaker Regular

    Location:
    midlands
    Hello
    Been given a Raleigh Team Europa frame not sure of the size or if suitable.
    Put the tape across it, Seat tube from centre of bottom bracket to top of seat tube frame is 22.5"
    Top tube from centre of seat tube to centre of head tube is 23" or tube from between seat tube and headtube is 21"

    It is just frame, brakes and rear mech, so when wheels and cranks on not sure if would be too big, I am 5'7, i currently ride a small 53cm giant cross bike.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Brommyboy

    Brommyboy Über Member

    Location:
    Rugby
    Ideally you should have a 21.5" frame. This one is just slightly large for you. If you put a short reach stem for the bars and have your saddle really low, it may be comfortable. I would also consider cranks at 165 mm, but not more than 170 mm.
     
  3. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Location:
    Bucks
    I would try and get hold of some wheels, handlebars, stem, seatpost, saddle etc. and see how it is. Pointless worrying about things like crank length at this stage. All frames are different... Although if I was a gambling man, I'd say it will be too big. Could be workable, assuming you are able to stand over the top tube without fouling your gonads!
     
  4. OP
    OP
    kayaker

    kayaker Regular

    Location:
    midlands
    Thanks for replies, tried putting wheels off other bike (cyclocross) and the frame/forks too narrow. A question, do older bikes (road bikes) have smaller diameter wheels (are 27" different to 700c) as it looked even if i get the wheel in it looks they may hit the frame.
    Cheers
     
  5. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

    Location:
    Northamptonshire
    +1 re putting some wheels on frame and just trying it for size , you might be surprised
     
  6. OP
    OP
    kayaker

    kayaker Regular

    Location:
    midlands
    The bottom bracket has a width of 70mm any way of determining the type of bottom bracket required?
     
  7. Garz

    Garz Squat Member

    Location:
    Down
    I think it could be made to fit you but at your height you are definitely pushing it out to the extreme of your range.

    On the other hand I am only 5'6" and on a proper bike fit I made the medium/56cm grade as I have a long torso which compared to the standard stumpy fella is quite unusual, so it does pay to get measured properly when your starting out.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    kayaker

    kayaker Regular

    Location:
    midlands
    I am longer in the body, will put some wheels on it and if too big then my taller brother can have it, I was measured for my other bike but this was given to me by a friend as a gift, so can use it to practice bike repair.
     
  9. captainhastings

    captainhastings Über Member

    Location:
    West Wales
    I am 5'8 and recently bought a claud butler chinook 59 cm which I think is xl. I thought it would be too big but boy is it comfortable too too ride. Only notice the size when I go too put a foot down I have too lean a bit
    My road bike is 54 I think
     
  10. OP
    OP
    kayaker

    kayaker Regular

    Location:
    midlands
    Frame sizing is other than being measured a learning curve of lots of suck it and see, or so it seems. Beginners mind.
     
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