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Gear Talk / Sizing Dilemma (Is there a big difference between 58 and 60cm trek?)
« Last post by RonK on October 21, 2014, 01:59:36 am »
The sizes you quote refer to the length of the seat tube, which is not overly important given seat posts offer a significant range of adjustment.

But a larger frame will have a longer top tube, affecting the reach. This is the important dimension as scope for adjustment is limited. Since the saddle must be set to position you correctly in relation to the pedals, the reach dimension can only be varied by changing the stem.
An off the shelf bike will usually have a stem of 100-110mm. A long stem is 130mm, 50mm is short, but may affect the feel of the steering. Stems are made in 10mm increments.

At 6'4" a 58cm will most likely be too small, but you may be able to compensate with a longer stem.

If it is too small you may feel cramped on a test ride.

Perhaps you should visit a bike shop and test ride a correctly sized bike to get a proper feeling before looking at used bikes.
Since I'm new to road biking, I'm not 100% sure what I should be looking for. Is there anything specific that would tell me that the bike is or isn't a good fit? Any indicators?

Calculating your fit only gets you in the ballpark. You need to take a test ride. Don't just ride around the parking lot. Go a number of miles, including flats, uphill and downhill.
Routes / Re: Amsterdam to Paris Route?
« Last post by o2kayak on October 20, 2014, 09:07:24 pm »
Hey Everyone,

So I am just getting into the cycling world and had a quick question to ask. I am very budget restricted and therefore have made the journey to craigslist to find an entry level bike to use for general cycling and some entry-level triathlons. I am 6'4" tall with a 35" standover height. Reading online and even asking questions in local bike shops, I have found that I would fit a 58-60cm bike. I have found an almost brand new Trek 1.1 (again, very entry-level) bike on craigslist as well as a few others in great condition in 58cm but not 60cm.

My question is, how much difference does the 2cm between a 58 and 60cm bike affect riding comfort and ability to ride efficiently? There doesn't seem to be many used 60cm bikes for sale in my area, and buying new will cost an easy $300-400 without much improvement in overall bike quality.

I don't want to buy a 58cm bike if it will be a bad thing in the long-run, but I also don't want to spend an extra 300-400 dollars just to get a 60cm bike if it won't make that much difference in the long run.

Any input would be much appreciated!

General Discussion / Re: Wireless computer on touring bike
« Last post by Patco on October 20, 2014, 02:54:01 pm »
I have not had a problem with interference with the wireless I purchased four years ago. It is in sleep mode until I begin riding, then as soon as the wheels begin turning it is on and providing information.
International / Re: Biking New Zealand
« Last post by briancoop on October 20, 2014, 01:21:16 pm »
Thanks for the recommendation, Galloper.

The book reviews lead me to believe she has a rather consistent negative tone - do you have first-hand experience with touring in New Zealand that corroborates this viewpoint? Should these reviews be trusted?

Since many of her complaints seem to be centered around bad roads, traffic and weather, do you think spending more time on less traveled roads and mountain biking tracks might help? Of course the weather is something that cannot be avoided, only prepared for.
International / Re: Biking New Zealand
« Last post by Galloper on October 20, 2014, 09:16:09 am »
May I suggest you get hold of a copy of "Long Cloud Ride" by Josie Dew, it will give you a good idea of what to expect.
General Discussion / Re: Toe clips? Clipless? None of the above?
« Last post by Galloper on October 20, 2014, 09:13:34 am »
I like Shimano A 530 SPD pedals.   These have a clip on one side and a flat on the other which makes them more versatile that a standard clipless.   
General Discussion / Re: Bike Question
« Last post by staehpj1 on October 20, 2014, 06:34:43 am »
it really depends on how much gear (weight) you plan to carry on your bike.....that is, how many days is your tour?
If more than a few days and you are going self contained....a touring bike might be a better option.......unless you pull a BOB trailer, as suggested before.
I agree except for the parts about tour length and self contained.  I definitely agree that the load you carry is a major factor in the choice though.

I have always found I need pretty much the same stuff on a multi-week or multi-month tour as a short one.  So tour length isn't really a factor in bike choice IMO.

I also have found that some folks pack super heavy even for a credit card motel tour, while others can pack really light for a self supported tour.  I've seen folks staying in motels and eating in restaurants packing heavy and carrying 30 - 40 pounds or more.  I and also seen folks carry camping and cooking stuff and pack 10-20 pounds or even less gear.  So to me the deciding factor is packing style (ultralight vs. light vs. heavy).
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