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Hello All,

I have posted many times here in the last few months regarding questions on which bike to buy. I have been having a lot of trouble finding something that fits me well. I am 6'4" tall, 36" inseam with short to average length arms. My problem is on the very large frames my inseam fits well, but I feel too layed out due to my short reach. Or, I find a bike that feels great cockpit wise, but then I have a bunch of seatpost out to get the leg extension. I'ts driving me nuts, just when I think I have found the perfect bike someone else comes along and says it is too small, or the salesman will say that the size you need and then I feel stretched out. ARGH!!!!

I have heard of shops that do a professional fitting, but I don't know of any locally. I found one in San Diego (Trek Bicycle superstore), but thats quite a drive for me. Anybody have a shop in the LA area that they like that offers this sort of service. Also, does anybody know of a shop that sells both Specialized and Lemond? I like a bike from each and would love to test them out back to back rather than at different stores where I forget which one I liked better.

On a side note, I really like the way the 2004 Lemond Buenos Aries feels cockpit wise as well on the test ride. I was convinced this was the one. I then later went to another shop to look at another bike and they had a BA as well in the largest size (61cm) and there they said it was too small. I did have quite a bit of seatpost out (8" or so estimate), but that brought the seat in line with the stock stem. The stem has a fair amount of upward angle to it. So my question is if the large amount of seatpost extension brought the seat to a suitable location in relation to the bars on a stock setup, isn't this how much it should be extended by design? I dont believe there were any extra risers if any? How much seatpost extension is too much when shopping for a bike? None of the bikes I tested had the post past the min insertion point. Should I give up on compact geometry, based on my size?

So many questions, please help

Best regards,

Marc Webster
 

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thanks for the encouragement

Hey Guys,

I just got off the phone with a Tech at Lemond and he confirmed my suspicions that there bikes generally have a lot of seat tube exposed. Even the catalog shows riders with more seat tube extension than I had.

Hey Owenmeany, I have actually been working with Corey at Hellens, they were the shop that said the BA was fine. It's a very nice shop, and I found it by accident trying to avoid the freeway on return from Supergo. Hellens also gave me the best price quote too, so if I get the BA then that is where I will go.

Also, C40 mentioned to chart the sizes. I have been doing that for a few weeks now, and what I have found is I need a bike with a top tube somewhere around 585 to 600 mm. Anytime I go to anything above 600mm, I feel stretched out. The Orbea I tried had a 606mm Toptube, and we moved the seat all the way forward just to make it feel ok on the test ride. They offered to switch out the stem to make up the length I used in seat movement. I had orriginally been looking at an Orbea Mitis3, but I think I like the BA better, and it just felt like "this is the one" when I test rode it. I will use your method of finding saddle height you mentioned when I test ride the BA again on Thursday.

Thanks again all,

Marc Webster
 

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Thanks again C-40

As I mentioned before, I will be going to Helens Cycles tomorrow to ask some more questions and give the BA another look. I also plan to ride the Specialized Roubaix as well at Supergo. Anyway, I have noticed that I seem to be prefering a more upright position right now, and the BA offers that with a stem with a lot of rise. I am sure I can achieve the same thing with other bikes with a stem change as well. Maybe as my skills progress and I become stronger in my back I can then change over to a lower bar height.

I just test rode a Trek 5200 size 62cm (tripple ring) and it was nice as well, but it's just out of my price range ($2400 otd). I still think I am leaning toward the BA and these posts, and speeking with a lemond rep have offered me hope that it will fit OK.

Thanks again,

Marc Webster
 

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Hey Shokhead,

Supergo is the place to go if you want a great deal, and they have what you need in stock. Supergo also has more components, clothes but much more less bikes. Helens on the other hand has way more bikes, some high end MTB bikes like turners and they have some very high end road bikes from manufactures like seven. I saw a seven that I would sell a kidney, lung and a a few toes for.

I rarely buy from supergo as I like to support my LBS. If I were to go with the roubaix, I would order it through my LBS closer to home. I have just been testing at supergo since they had my size in stock. My LBS use to carry lemond, but now they don't so I will order from helens.

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Marc
 

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Ordered the Buenos Aires today

Hey Owenmeany,

I just orderd the Buenos Aires this evening. I did meet Sam, but I actually placed the order with Corey, since he was the one who had first shown me the bike last week and he should get the commision. I really like the store, and wish it was closer to my home as it will be less convenient to make regular trips for service. I actually found Helens by accident while trying to avoid the freeway after leaving Supergo after testing the roubaix. As I said, I am not a big fan of Supergo and also feel it is has a good deal of employees who are not that knowlegable in the bike industry. When I do go, I try and seek out the same few employees I trust to ask questions. There is a salesman at the Santa Monica store who is straight out of the used car market, very high pressure salesman. He scares the crap out of me. I saw him just take advantage of some poor guy selling him a mountainbike. He mangaed to sell the poor guy everything in the store and every time he complained that the cost was getting to high he just said you need this. He sold him a camal back, 2 water bottles and 2 cages, when the bike he sold him only had mounts for one cage. Go figure!

Don't get me wrong, supergo has it's place, and I will buy the things I can't get at my LBS from time to time. I just like the personal service and honest answers that you can get in a low pressure sales environment that the smaller LBS's offer.

Thanks again to all who helped me make this decision,

Marc Webster
 
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