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toptube distance from floor...

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Maz, 14 Apr 2008.

  1. Maz

    Maz Guru

    I want to get a cheap runaround road bike and I was thinking about putting a bid in for this one.

    Description says for a 6ft+ rider which puts me off as I'm about 5'11. Surely, if I can straddle it comfortably, I should be OK to ride it, right? Or is to do with other factors such as reach?
     
  2. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I have just measured my old Dawes Galaxy of 1986 vintage which looks to be an identical frame, and the seat tube is 60cm from centre of bottom bracket to top of seat tube. I'm 5' 10" and it fits me like a glove. Go for it.
     
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Cheers, Gerry.
     
  4. numbnuts

    numbnuts Guru

    Location:
    North Baddesley
    that looks really nice
     
  5. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Location:
    Called to the bar
    What you describe as toptube distance from the floor is commonly referred to as standover height, which the seller has listed as 34".
    Given that you want to leave at least an inch or two for your sensitive bits, this would mean that you'd need a 36" inside leg.
    For someone of your height, I'd give this one a miss, as even if you were ok in the leg length department, you'd then most likely find the reach to the bars too much.
     
  6. Maz

    Maz Guru

    mmmm...I think I could be just a tad too short with the inside leg measurement (34") when in shoes. I think I might have to give this one a miss, but thanks for the input everyone.