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Hello guys,

Recently was introduced into this forum and am interested in buying my first bike. Purpose is to leisurely ride around while getting exercise in; would call it recreational.

2 different models have me interested

gt gtr series 2 and gt gtr series 3

leaning more towards the series 3 due to cost from bikeshopwarehouse

i'm concerned on sizing issues...don't have a LBS near me with these bikes in stock to try to see which size would be the one i would need.

i'm 5' 3 1/2" , inseam 28.5 i believe.

going against those specs...i would assume a 50cm would be the size i am looking for correct?
 

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Hello guys,

Recently was introduced into this forum and am interested in buying my first bike. Purpose is to leisurely ride around while getting exercise in; would call it recreational.

2 different models have me interested

gt gtr series 2 and gt gtr series 3

leaning more towards the series 3 due to cost from bikeshopwarehouse

i'm concerned on sizing issues...don't have a LBS near me with these bikes in stock to try to see which size would be the one i would need.

i'm 5' 3 1/2" , inseam 28.5 i believe.

going against those specs...i would assume a 50cm would be the size i am looking for correct?
According to most road bike fit calculators, 50cm would be your correct size. However, you can't depend upon online fit calculators. If you buy online, you will be taking a risk. Generally, most bicycle companies have frame sizes that don't match up. A size 54cm in a GT might very well be size 56cm in a Surly. Also, some people have longer torsos than what's to be expected, while others have longer legs.
 

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Hello guys,

Recently was introduced into this forum and am interested in buying my first bike. Purpose is to leisurely ride around while getting exercise in; would call it recreational.

2 different models have me interested

gt gtr series 2 and gt gtr series 3

leaning more towards the series 3 due to cost from bikeshopwarehouse

i'm concerned on sizing issues...don't have a LBS near me with these bikes in stock to try to see which size would be the one i would need.

i'm 5' 3 1/2" , inseam 28.5 i believe.

going against those specs...i would assume a 50cm would be the size i am looking for correct?
I can vouch for the GT GTE Series 3. Great bike!
 

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yeah that's the issue...i mean the LBS around here don't carry GT bikes and they have huge mark ups on their models...not looking to pay that huge of a markup you know?

i guess i'll look for a 48cm to 50 cm but 50cm would be the maximum i believe that i can fit.

i can make a smaller bike fit me but not larger correct? to a certain degree that is...
 

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Yes, if you're not sure, it's better to get a smaller bike, rather than a larger bike. That's if you're either not sure, or in between sizes.
 

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FWIW, I'm 5'3 with a 30 inch inseam and I ride a 48 Jamis. My partner has the same inseam, but is 5'5 and rides a 50 Trek. I'd highly recommend test riding a bike with similar geometry before investing.
 

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yeah that's the issue...i mean the LBS around here don't carry GT bikes and they have huge mark ups on their models...not looking to pay that huge of a markup you know?

i guess i'll look for a 48cm to 50 cm but 50cm would be the maximum i believe that i can fit.

i can make a smaller bike fit me but not larger correct? to a certain degree that is...
Most shops around me sell at MSRP.

Just keep in mind some things....

Some LBS's.... when you bring in a bike you didn't buy from there... when you take it in for service (adjustments & tune ups).... you pay an inflated price.

Who's going to do a fitting? There are online tools you can use.... but say, if you need a different stem... that's out of your pocket....
 

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I'm 5'2", 28" inseam and ride a 48cm Specialized Dolce. I was fitted and bought it at my LBS and am very happy with the fit. Remember you'll need pedals, shoes & other accessories as well so when you purchase at the LBS you usually get a break on those along with a professional fit and setup/assembly of all your gear. A 100 mile check up was included with my package as well. All the while supporting local folks. Anytime I have a question or need an adjustment I just stop by and they are very helpful. Definitely worth paying MRP.
 

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yeah that's the issue...i mean the LBS around here don't carry GT bikes and they have huge mark ups on their models...not looking to pay that huge of a markup you know?
If you buy a bike from a good shop, you also buy support that you won't get from an online retailer. Most shops will properly fit you on the bike - this sometimes means swapping the stem for a longer/shorter one or a different saddle that you don't have to pay for. They'll also probably give you free basic adjustments for the lifetime of the bike. When something breaks, they will negotiate a warranty replacement with the manufacturer (who often deal only with distributors and not end users) of the parts (sometimes even after the warranty period has run out) and if the bike isn't rideable for 3 days or a week, they'll often lend you a replacement part or even a whole bicycle so you can keep riding. The little extra difference in price between an online store and a local bike shop is a drop in the bucket when you take all of that into consideration. You could be building a relationship with a shop that will take care of you many times in the future by buying a bike from them.
In case you're wondering: I don't work for or own a bike shop but I do have a great relationship with one. That's how I know all this and that's why I would never buy a bike online.
How much do you know about bike wrenching and do you have the necessary tools to put the bike together (correctly) yourself if you buy it online? It could be a case of "penny-wise, pound-foolish".
 

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You just have to go and ride bikes to find what fits. I am 5'6" and even measured, the shops put me right at a 52cm frame. I rode several 51-52cm frames and after some demos I found them cramped. Seat to bars were mostly too close and making my back uncomfortable. The best fitting bike seemed to be a 54cm Felt carbon bike, but was out of my budget. Close second was a Fuji Altamira and due to the $700 lower price I bought that. Did a basic fitting and after one or two rides, I will go back and dial in the fit with the specialist at the bike shop. As I get into riding, this being my first real bike, the support of the local bike shops is something I would not be wiling to give up. I feel a little bad that I could not buy a bike from several shops as I was fortunate to find several great shops in my area.
 

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I would NEVER buy a bike from just the advertized seat tube length. For two reasons -

  • The measurement is not standardized between makers (It's like size M t-shirts. Whose size M were they made for?)
  • It bears no relationship to a measurement that is FAR more important - top tube length or overall reach (TT + stem length + bar reach).

You're taking a real crapshoot going off just ST length. You need to be very experienced or pay for a "fit" from an expert before you take the next step.
 

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Hello guys,

Recently was introduced into this forum and am interested in buying my first bike. Purpose is to leisurely ride around while getting exercise in; would call it recreational.

2 different models have me interested

gt gtr series 2 and gt gtr series 3

leaning more towards the series 3 due to cost from bikeshopwarehouse

i'm concerned on sizing issues...don't have a LBS near me with these bikes in stock to try to see which size would be the one i would need.

i'm 5' 3 1/2" , inseam 28.5 i believe.

going against those specs...i would assume a 50cm would be the size i am looking for correct?

At the risk of sounding like a fan-boy, I'd say visit your local Jamis dealer. They tend to have a full line of competitively priced yet name-brand bikes. You get the benefit of LBS fitting and a fair (not necessarily great) price.
 

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without a fitting and some test rides you run the risk of wasting 100% of what you spend on your bike. that is much worse than coughing up full msrp!
 
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