[CR]Re: Frame size speculation

Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 15:05:38 +1300
From: "Mark Battley" <m.battley@irl.cri.nz>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: Frame size speculation

Hi again,

The thread on frame size is very topical for me, having just gone through the exercise of trying to get my fit right on the previously mentioned Peugeot "Course" that I have just bought.

I have some comprehensive measurements of a number of previous bikes that I have owned, and one in particular (an early 1990s Peugeot, mid/low in the range at the time) has very similar frame dimensions: seat-tube (53cm c-c), top-tube (54cm), down-tube, chain-stays are virtually identical to within a few mm. However the "Course" has a much shorter stem (60mm vs 105mm - length not height), and a shorter seat-post which is only just long enough for me (I'm 174cm/about 5'8", "normalish" proportions) I think that I will have to change the stem - it is a bit too short for me.

Another 1970s bike (coincidentally another Peugeot) that I once owned also had a short stem (60mm), in that case on a 58cm c-c frame.

Presumably as people have tended towards using smaller frames the stems and seatposts have got longer to get the overall fit correct...?

Mark Battley.