which bike

how do i choose.

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02/09/2003 at 11:54
I don't have a tapemeasure.
02/09/2003 at 11:55
bendy ruler?

02/09/2003 at 11:58
A 19" bike????

{Jj chokes with laughter at the silly notion of such a strapping lad on a Bickerton shopping bike]
02/09/2003 at 11:59
[Further convulsions at image of him competing with Daz on his shopping bike, with basket!]
02/09/2003 at 12:28
so noone else knows how long their neck is then.

and i'm only 32" leg so guess a 23" bike?
02/09/2003 at 12:51
I don't understand. I'm a tad shorter than WW, and yet by Cougie's reckoning I should have a bigger bike?

Or does WW just have REALLY short legs?

cougie    pirate
02/09/2003 at 13:23
neck - from dent in clavicle (v shaped bit) to under chin is only 4" ! Moosey - your neck is certainly longer than mine !

JJ - Mountain bikes are different. With them you need to be able to stand with both feet flat on the floor, and still have a few inches of crotch clearance. (In case you fall off).

So Will's MTB could well have a 19" frame. I bet his road bike is bigger though.
02/09/2003 at 13:30
[flushes at the technicality of it all and rummages for a tape measure]
02/09/2003 at 13:31
Which chin?
02/09/2003 at 13:34
the boney one
cougie    pirate
02/09/2003 at 13:53
Blimey - where has she gone now ?
02/09/2003 at 14:09

I am 5' 9" and have 50cm and 52cm road bikes and a 15" mtb my inside leg is just over 32". The rule for men doesn't quite work for us girlies as our leg/torso ratio is different (hence the reason they make women specific bikes).
02/09/2003 at 14:11
sorry. I was giving Minky some sales tips. He's a natural.

Now then... There's a boney bit in your chin?
02/09/2003 at 14:25
ok, i'm guessing i should start trying 50/ 52cm bike frames then, cheers missus l for being possibly the most helpful poster on this thread!!!
WildWill    pirate
02/09/2003 at 14:27
Giants come in : Small Medium : Large etc
02/09/2003 at 14:44

02/09/2003 at 14:49
Go for Medium - approx 50-52, sloping top tube so not exact, the small is 44cm and the larde is huge. to get a correct fit change the stem for longer/shorter or get an adjustable stem (what i did)
02/09/2003 at 14:50
Meant large - but i guess you get the same huge effect with lard?
cougie    pirate
02/09/2003 at 14:52
Hmmm. They would.

I think mine is a medium ?

JJ - they reckon that you can finetune your position with the length of the seatpost and an adjustable stem. I think it works for most people, unless you have unusual body shape. For example Moosey's basalisk like neck. (!)

As ML says - you can get girly specific bikes, but not many of them around really.

Although maybe before we leap onto this, we should just get you riding anything. I'll have to do an e-mail lesson on riding a bike !
(really dunno what goes on there, but I expect I'd fall off if I had to think about it)
02/09/2003 at 14:55
Other thing with girly bike - lower spec for same money as mens and naff colours.
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