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I'm 6' 2" and ride a 60 cm frame.  However, when I was younger (and almost 6'4"), i could ride any "larger than average" bike and be fine on tours and everything.  In my 50s things started to change and I even quit biking for a while due to aches and pains that would not go away.  After a couple of years off the bike completely, i went and got a bike fit ($150) and have been happily riding pain free (with occasional numb hands).  Anyway, I think zzzz's comments earlier may be apt in many cases like mine, but given that you are 6' 4", RussSeaton has a point too.  You probably would really benefit from some longish rides in the bikes you are considering.
Pacific Northwest / bicycle friendly accomodation in Portland
« Last post by neil on October 22, 2014, 11:39:26 am »
Last piece of a large jigsaw for September 2015
Can anyone recommend
1) Cycle friendly accommodation in Portland where 12 of us can stay 2 nights after flying in from the UK and 1 night before leaving (I need to leave bike bags there)
2) A provider of transport for 12 people and 12 wrapped bikes from and too the airport in Portland in above accommodation

   Thanks in advance
Routes / Re: Amsterdam to Paris Route?
« Last post by lesliew on October 22, 2014, 05:38:41 am »
Check out this Rapha link:
And then check out Ride with GPS to search for routes:
General Discussion / Re: Bike Question
« Last post by PeteJack on October 21, 2014, 01:39:04 pm »
Be careful. I'm not familiar with the OP's bike but I did part of the TransAm with a guy on an Orbea road bike towing a Bob. I suspect his gearing was inappropriate because he spent noticeably more time out of the saddle than the rest of us. He also kept breaking spokes in his rear wheel. Make sure your wheels are robust enough, something a good LBS will help with. Broken spoke(s) can be a major downer.
General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by PeteJack on October 21, 2014, 01:29:41 pm »
  Of course, until one learns how to get out of the clips fast, falls are likely. 
Too true. The experience of being stationary and not being able to unclip is not to be missed. I always urge people to first try clipless pedals in a spinning class, i.e. on a stationary bike, to get the hang of unclipping something I didn't do and ended up teetering and falling off at a traffic light. Another suggestion: when you try them on a real bike for the first time do it on grass just in case. Having said all that I wouldn't ride without them now.
I am 5'11" tall and my Trek size is a 58cm frame.  At 6'4" there is no way you fit a 58cm Trek frame.  I doubt a 60cm Trek frame will fit you.  Not sure Trek makes a 62cm frame or not.  But the 58cm Trek is way too small for you.  Way too small.  You need at least a 60cm or bigger frame.  Since you seem to not have a bike or any knowledge of your bike size, you probably need to go to a bike shop to find a bike.
Hey Guys and Gals,

Wow, I really appreciate all of the feedback! Looking for the "right fit" on a road bike quickly became an issue of 'the more you learn, the more you don't know', so I am happy to have gained a bit of insight from your knowledge! I'll do a bit more shopping around for some deals from local shops as I have noticed that some more sales are being held this time of year. But, at the end of the day, I'll just keep an eye out for a bike (58 or 60cm) that best fits my needs based on some of the things that you all have brought to me attention.

Once again, I definitely appreciate all the help!

Gear Talk / Re: Sizing Dilemma (Is there a big difference between 58 and 60cm trek?)
« Last post by zzzz on October 21, 2014, 12:09:57 pm »
This can also be over analyzed.

To the OP:

A lot of issues with fit don't come up until you spend a fair amount of time on the bike, you're on a tour, or you're riding more than 100 miles a week. Or when you've gotten old and creaky.

Are you still young and spry, say under 30? I started w a hand-me-down bike that was 2cm shy of my ideal size when I was a teen and raced & rode it for several years w/o incident for 1000's of miles a year. Even now, if we have visitors who ride, I will give them my bike and I will take my wife's, which is also 2 cm short for me, raise the seat and go and it is never a problem, even on a 100 mile ride.

You've gotten different advice here and it may be correct for you. But FWIW here's my opinion.

You said there were a few 58's to choose from. Go ride them and see which one feels best and buy it. If you have a pal you can take along and knows enough to be of help evaluating the bikes and getting your seat height right, take them with you. Proper leg extension is very important. If you're feeling cramped in the arms and shoulders, get a longer stem. Then go ride it for a year or two (or more) until you have some experience to draw on and you know what you want.

Unlike a frame thats too big for you, there are riders that actually prefer a frame size thats technically a little small. Also, really tall frames can start to have some handling issues.

Maybe you'll love riding, and if you do you'll want to step up the quality in your next bike anyway. At that time you can worry about things like crank length and frame geometry and really dial in the details to get a bike that's your ideal set-up. If it turns out that ridings not for you then your investment in tight times didn't brake the bank.

South Atlantic / wanna ride with me? leaving out of Columbus Ga
« Last post by bikeHANSEN on October 21, 2014, 11:44:49 am »
i posted this same message only with a different title in the Cycling Events category because i did not realize until after i posted that one there was a separate category for the South Atlantic members as well
How are you doing today?
Hope everything is going good for you!
My name is James Hansen.
i am planning on riding on either the Underground Railroad route or the Atlantic Coast route!
im trying to leave somewhere right around march 3 2015.
i will be riding about 15-25 miles each day.
if you would like to ride with me then please feel free to send me an email at:
or you can look me up on facebook by using the following keywords: James Hansen Columbus Georgia
my personal motto is: Living Loving Life
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