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Old 03-01-2017, 03:56 PM
passarotrovao passarotrovao is offline
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fitting a large frame

I bought a 55 cm vintage steel road frame with a 100mm stem and a old school dropbar. netherless to say that i´m not confortable with the frame cause my frame size is 53 cm and i have to streach to get to the brake levers(the bike as suicidal brake levers that help me to brake).


the fork is also old school with a bit of rake (demi-course)


i have 3 choises :
1st get a 60mm stem
2nd get a compact dropbar
3rd get both of them.

then i read some bike fitter that he will only put a 100mm stem or more because if you have to climb that stem will help to put more weigth on the front wheel , helping the rider in his climb.
any though about it?
thanks in advance
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Old 03-01-2017, 05:01 PM
nate2351 nate2351 is offline
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I would start with a compact bar and brake levers with a modern shape to them.
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Old 03-02-2017, 01:51 PM
passarotrovao passarotrovao is offline
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the question that i pose is if i change one or both the geometry of the bike will change much.
If the bikefitter is right, shortering the stem to less that 100mm will decrease the load of the front wheel on the climbs making more dificult to climb.
On my daily commute i climb a 9º hill for about 900 metters on a 52/42 and 12/28 if i can easy the climb i will be gratefull.
Is there more to fitting a bike to a person than fitting it to size?
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Old 03-03-2017, 12:39 AM
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You have to remember that climbing a 9* grade is always going to be hard. It's like LeMond said "it never gets easier you just go faster". I'd say change what is needed to make the bike comfortable for its purpose, which is daily commuting with one short hill.

There is a lot more to bike fit than sizing the bike but it's all relative to the way the bike is going to be used.
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Old 03-06-2017, 11:20 PM
giordana93 giordana93 is offline
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why not buy a bike that fits instead? if you are a 53 normally why the contortions to fit on a 55? would you stuff newspaper in a pair of shoes that were 2 sizes too big?
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