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I am brand new to road cycling (Scott Pro Cr1, XS) and have realised that it is not such a disadvantage being small (5' 4", 163cm and 60kg) as it is in nearly every other sport where size and strength are paramount. I have discovered these advantages:

I can ride a smaller frame therefore it is fractionally lighter

Being smaller I can draft behind larger riders more easily

But the biggest advantage of being lighter is that apparently I should find my components should be more durable particularly my wheelsets.

Any fellow small riders have any further comments.
 

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take a look at the size of pro riders... you may have disadvantage vs. a bigger (heavier) rider going downhill
 

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FatTireFred said:
take a look at the size of pro riders... you will have disadvantage vs. a bigger (heavier) rider going downhill
Fixed that for you.

Having chased lighter riders as well as heavier riders around the hills of the San Francisco peninsula, I can honestly say that the heavier rider will coast down a hill while the lighter rider will be pedaling to keep up.

Being smaller, you will find that finding a bike that fits you properly is a bit more difficult and that the selection of bikes available to you is less. You're riding a XS frame? Not every manufacturers make frames in that size and those that do spec some of them for women. Toe overlap will probably be a fact of life, too.
 

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I'm 5'5" with a 29" inseam, but I weigh in at 155. I'm built like a fire plug. (it's the Irish thing) The big problem you will have, as others have mentioned, is finding frames. I, like you, will tuck behind the larger rider for drafting purposes. Let the big guys/gals do the work.:D I don't really have any trouble keeping up with anyone on downhills. I may just have to pedal a little faster. :cool:
 

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Optomrider said:
I am brand new to road cycling (Scott Pro Cr1, XS) and have realised that it is not such a disadvantage being small (5' 4", 163cm and 60kg) as it is in nearly every other sport where size and strength are paramount. I have discovered these advantages:

I can ride a smaller frame therefore it is fractionally lighter

Being smaller I can draft behind larger riders more easily

But the biggest advantage of being lighter is that apparently I should find my components should be more durable particularly my wheelsets.

Any fellow small riders have any further comments.
You forgot the biggest advantage... small, lightweight riders are in a different world when it comes to climbing...
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I'm 5'6", 130lbs (167cm, 59kg), and many people complain that I do not produce enough draft to suck wheel behind on. When me and my buddies are doing lighthearted competitions (racing to county lines, etc), I'll tuck down, hold the drops and pound out at it and they don't even think about sucking wheel.
 

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I'm 5'6", 130lbs (167cm, 59kg), and many people complain that I do not produce enough draft to suck wheel behind on. When me and my buddies are doing lighthearted competitions (racing to county lines, etc), I'll tuck down, hold the drops and pound out at it and they don't even think about sucking wheel.
LOL. I get the same grief from my riding buddies. 5'7 135lbs and produce little to no draft. Sucks for them:D
 

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Another shorty here (5'4", 115 pounds give or take). As previously stated, smaller riders can fly up hills :) . But coming down is a different story. If I want to stay away on a descent it has to be rather technical, otherwise I am spinning very fast to keep up. Also on flats I feel I cannot generate the same power as larger riders, maybe that is just me. Oh, and when I am pulling i have to stay in the hoods and lean up to keep the rider behind me out of the wind. IMO it is not that much of an advantage to be a smaller rider.
 

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Being smaller, you will find that finding a bike that fits you properly is a bit more difficult and that the selection of bikes available to you is less.
So true!

I'm 5' 5", 127 lbs. My riding partner is 6' 3" 170 lbs. We climb on every ride, and it's always a yo-yo effect.
 

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5'5" 138-140 lbs. Different body types together with who has fast twitch vs slow twitch muscles
results in different body types able to have certain types of rides well or not as well. Bigger riders do better on rough chipped sealed roads than light riders as they get better traction. The classics in Belgian is usually won by big stong riders even though there are steep hills-T. Booned for example. I don't know if light samll riders have won P-R. Got to have weight and power to get over the cobbles well. Generallly speaking big riders do well on flat to roller time trials. Skinny guy do well climbing. I'm old but can still accerate and sprint. I ride with guys 25 years younger than me and many of them are big, not fat, and strong. i take short pulls and save my energy. Come sprint time I can out sprint most of them. Won the World's Sprint to the Convience Store Thursday night with Cat 4/5 racers-partly due to experince and partly due to fair amount of fast twitch muscle. Bottom line is that every body type and size, other than being too fat, has advantages and disadvantages. In the mid 80's i was part of a study Dr. Dave Swain did for his PH.D studing little vs big riders. He thought that the small riders would be more efficient due to samller profile into the wind. The results showed that while smaller riders were more efficient, they were not significantly more efficient and this couldn't make up for the larger heart, lungs and muscles of the big guys on the flats.
 

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In eastern NC, our biggest hills are interstate overpasses - not much of an advantage for your kind there.

And once the cross winds start blowing, we ride in the gutter and crush our little yippers.
 

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I'm kinda small. 5'7", 144 lbs when I woke up this morning. Probably less tomorrow after today's ride.

I get blown away on descents and manage just fine on climbs. But I've only been riding a year and am getting stronger.
 

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Screw all y'all little doods. Even at 155# I couldn't climb to save my bacon!

Now, I'm *only* 5'8" but I'm built more like Hinault than LeMond. (or Abdu, or...) I can pull with the best of em till it gets to the hills, then someone tosses a parachute out behind me!

I useta ride with a buddy in Sandy Eggo... We'd go out, and I'd end up pulling most of the way towards the hills only to watch him ride away as the road tilted up. Frustrating I tell ya. 'Course, when the road flattened back out, I made him pay for that!

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I guess that puts me in the small category too, I'm 5-7.5 and weigh in at 155~157 but have 12~14% body fat. So I look much lighter then I actually weigh. I also notice that I rarely get folks on my wheel and I do notice heavier riders coasting down hill while I'm peddling to keep up.

Peace
 

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5 foot 5 here, 130 pounds...I rarely get passed gong up, and rarely pass anyone going down....as for fit...not a problem, I have long legs and arms...31.5 plus a bit stand over. I have a 52, a 53 and a 54 cm frame and they all fit about the same depending on manufacturer. As for toe overlap...so what?
 

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I'm 167 centimeters (5-5 to 5-6) and weigh between 68 and 70 kilos (150-155). It's the headwinds that kill me, not the other riders or vice-versa.
 

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I'm 6'1, if I was 5'10, I'd go a lot faster up hills (do 'em pretty good now). Being a smaller guy does have it's advantages in cycling. I feel like I'd be a better sprinter if I was shorter...

As it is though, I can see over most people at a concert :p
 

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I am 5'6" 140lbs... and descents are terrible. I am either not as fast as I'd like or if the road is rough I bounce around as if a good bump can send the back end flying. I try to sit with my a$$ hanging out over the back to compensate.

On the good side... climbs are quick and it doesn't take much to get ripped with a six pack on this 35 year old body. Whoooo!
 

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I got a fellow rider who's 5'5 and I'm 5'11". We both got the same frame, but he always complain about frames coming only with sloping top tubes for his size. I think it's true my size frame looks more proportional to my body when riding, especially with 700cc wheels. I still can get a bit of draft riding behind him... so he's still ok to ride with. Yup, I would say for a lighter rider his major advantage is climbing the hills at a much easier pace.
 
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